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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
2 | National News How parties will share polls cash Only TNA, ODM and URP will get paid after the others failed to reach the 5pc threshold set in law BY BERNARD NAMUNANE @nobewe email@example.com AND ISAAC ONGIRI @ongiri2 firstname.lastname@example.org D etails of how the three main political parties — TNA, ODM and URP — will share Sh205 million became clear yesterday, a day after a judge dismissed a case by small parties which had been seeking a share of the cash. TNA will get Sh89.3 million, ODM Sh87.4 million and URP Sh28.2 million. Although the fund had been allocated Sh2.88 billion — or 0.3 per cent of the national revenue — the National Treasury has only released Sh205 million. President Kenyatta’s The Na- TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY SCAN THE CODE OR GO TO www.nation. co.ke/ 04022014 tional Alliance got 21,667,938 votes accounting for 29.74 per cent of the total votes cast while Orange Democratic Movement led by Mr Raila Odinga, was second with 19,032,997 (29.12 per cent). The United Republican Party led by Deputy President William Ruto, was third with 6,843,730 (9.39 per cent) of the votes cast. Those were the only three par- ties that qualified for a share of the Political Parties Fund. Ms Lucy Ndung’u, the Registrar of Political Parties, yesterday said her team was working on how to release the money. All the other parties that participated in the General Election, will DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 POLITICS | Coalitions and small parties among the losers as registrar sets the stage for Sh205 million election payout WINNERS TNA: President Uhuru Kenyatta was the succesful Jubilee Coalition presidential candidate. He garnered 6.1 million votes accounting for 50.51 per cent of the total votes cast in the March 4 General Election. TNA will get Sh89.3m. ODM: Former PM Raila Odinga was Cord Coalition’s presidential candidate. He finished second with 5.34 million votes which translated to 43.7 per cent of the total votes cast. ODM will get Sh87.4 million. URP: Mr William Ruto, was the Jubilee Coalition’s running mate in the presidential race. His party will get Sh28.2m. LOSERS PHOEBE OKALL | NATION ODM leaders Paul Otuoma (left), Nicholas Gumbo and others seeking party positions at a press conference in Nairobi yesterday. ODM will receive Sh87.4 million from the Political Parties Fund. miss out on the public funding. They include Wiper Democratic Movement of Mr Odinga’s Cord running-mate Kalonzo Musyoka, United Democratic Front whose presidential candidate was Mr Musalia Mudavadi, and Narc-Kenya led by another presidential candidate, Ms Martha Karua. Also missing out is the former ruling party Kanu led by Mr Gideon Moi, Kenya Social Congress whose presidential candidate was Mr Peter Kenneth, and Ford-Kenya led by Mr Moses Wetang’ula, also of the Cord Coalition. A party must secure at least five 21,667,938 Number of votes that TNA got in all the six elections held on March 4, 2013. ODM got 19,032,997 per cent of the total votes cast to qualify for public funding. UDF, whose presidential candidate finished third, only managed 3.96 per cent of the vote. Small parties, which failed to meet the threshold, had gone to court seeking that coalitions be regarded as parties but Mr Justice David Majanja rejected their plea. “Now that there is no court order,” Ms Ndung’u said in a telephone interview with the Nation, “we have started the process of releasing the funds to the political parties which qualify.” In calculating how much money each political party gets, Ms Ndung’u’s team had lumped all the presidential votes for the Jubilee Coalition to TNA and Cord’s figures to ODM. A total of all the votes garnered by a political party in the six elec- tions were then tallied to give the final figure. Judge Majanja helped resolve the puzzle of presidential votes garnered by Jubilee and Cord coalitions when he said they would not be factored in the sharing out of the funds. He, however, said that in future, Parliament can amend the Political Parties Act to come up with a formula which would allow coalitions to draw money from the parties’ fund. “It is still open to Parliament to review the criteria and formula for funding political parties, including coalitions... in order to benefit more political parties,” he said in his ruling on Monday. The sharing of the funds will give the three parties a lifeline after months of financial difficulties which arose after some MPs and senators declined to pay their monthly contributions. UDF: Mr Musalia Mudavadi was the Amani Coalition presidential candidate. The former deputy PM finished third with 483,981 votes cast, accounting for 3.96 per cent of the total vote. UDF will not benefit because it fell short of the five per cent threshold. WIPER DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, the party leader, was the Cord Coalition running mate. His party, which has 21 MPs, also lost out. KANU: The oldest party in the country, and which was in power for 39 years, also lost out. It did not field a presidential candidate but supported Mr Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani Coalition. FORD KENYA: The party led by Mr Moses Wetang’ula was an affiliate of Cord. Though Mr Wetang’ula became the Minority Leader in the Senate, his party will also not get any money from the parties fund. ODM denies Sh1.5bn for run-off was stolen BY NATION REPORTER ODM has denied claims that its top officials swindled it of Sh1.5 billion set aside to finance the presidential run-off. No run-off took place after President Kenyatta won the March 4, 2013 election. And the party’s executive director, Mr Magerer Langat (below) dismissed allegations by one of the party’s former National Elections Board members, Mr Aggrey Azelwa, who has challenged the party leadership to account for the cash. Mr Azelwa is also de- manding party’s n e l e c t i o scheduled February be postpo until offic explain h the money spent. “ T h amount i question was approved by the party and set aside for the party’s presidential re-run campaigns,” Mr Azelwa claimed in a statement sent to newsrooms. The storm over the lost cash came even as preparation for the party’s National Delegates Convention (NDC) continued. “We do not have such kind of money. Furthermore Mr Azelwa was fired from the NEB and he knows the reasons that led to the decision to sack him,”Mr Magerer said. Party’s fund-raiser This Thursday, ODM has a fundraiser to rt of the Sh30 budget to fie the NDC. yesterday party r Raila Odinga issed rumours the delegates ting had been postponed. also allayed hat the elections ould be unfair.
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