The Football Kenya Federation national elections will be held on March 27, the Electoral Board has announced.
Kenya is in the race against time to beat the March deadline set by the Sports Dispute Tribunal following the annulment of the previous branches/county elections.
The mandate of the current officials is set to come to an end next week aftet their term was extended by a month by the SDT order.
Fifa has been keeping a close eye on the goings-on in Kenya and Nick Mwendwa, the current FKF boss, who will be defending his seat, has slightly over two months to deliver free and fair elections, even as some of the aspirants, led by Sam Nyamweya, continue call on Fifa to form a Normalization Committee to oversee the polls.
According to Nyamweya, the current Electoral Board named last week during a special general meeting is illegally constituted with the former football administrator arguing that the resolution of the meeting is not binding as the term of the current executive “had come to an end”.
But even so, the board has gone ahead with its mandate, first by publishing the preliminary list of clubs to vote, regulations to guide the process, as well as nomination forms and checklists which aspirants are expected to download, fill and submit within the set timelines.
“We have a clear road map to this electoral process, which we have to undertake within the timelines set out by Fifa,” said board chairperson Kentice Tikolo.
County nomination period is expected to kick off on February 13, 2020 after which the board will verify interested candidates and publish a preliminary list. The National Executive Committee and the presidential nomination process will then follow, in mid-February.
An appeals window will be opened for aspirants who express dissatisfaction with the board’s decisions after which a final list of candidates will be published as per the calendar.
The board will then train returning officers who will be mandated with conducting the repeat elections.
The national elections will thus be conducted just three days before the deadline and should any of the candidate challenge the outcome of the exercise, then the board will have to deliver judgement by March 30.
Should any appeal arise, then the matter will be dealt with by the appeal committee that is expected to give a ruling on April 2, meaning that Kenya might not have a new football boss in March.