THE Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has agreed to reduce by half, the Sh500,000 it was demanding as nomination fee for any of the women hoping to join the country representative race.
TheSh500,000 amount is among the proposals which the IEBC has made in its proposed elections guidelines and rules. The proposal, exclusively reported by the Star,elicited widespread condemnation from a cross section of leaders in civil society, religious as well as political groups.
The hefty fee would have seen many women locked out from the political race because they could not afford the nomination fee. The Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua and her counterpart in the Grand National Unity party Mwangi Kiunjuri had threatened to go to court if IEBC did not reduce the fees. Yesterday the IEBC admitted it had erred and reduced the fee. Instead of Sh500,000, those women aspiring for the county women representative seats will now pay Sh250, 000.
Read more at All Africa, published 20 August 2012.