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Sunday, 21 March 2010

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Dr A A Agbormbai

With voters complaining that there is no reliable party leader who can be trusted to take the country forward, the importance of independent candidates becomes paramount in the 2011 election. Therefore, I take the legal issues made here very seriously.

I am particularly troubled by this partisan clause:

"... any candidate vying for Independent status must produce 300 legalised signatures from the electoral college (voters) who should be members of the National Assembly, Consular Chambers, Councilors, and First class Chiefs (special high profile voters) from all the Provinces, making 30 per Province"

This clause is requiring political parties to veto independent candidates. And essentially means that independent candidates are NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE in presidential elections, as there is no truly independent candidate who can get through such a veto.

This clause is political trickery (reminiscent of the sort of games one can expect from Cameroon's politicians). It is designed to ensure that only party leaders can participate in general elections, regardless of whether they can do the job and mindless of what the people really want.

THIS CLAUSE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF THE LAW IMMEDIATELY, along with any similar clauses that interfere with the democratic process in the country.

The good side of the law as it currently stands is that it seems to allow diasporans to vote and participate in general elections, but I may be wrong.

limbekid

I think the issue of "alternative monitoring" should be well explored. Maybe we brainstorm on the possibility of sponsoring workshops on the use of ICTs (the Kenyan Ushaidi model)with a view to arming participants in due course, with the necessary tools (mobile phones, lap tops...) so one can monitor all the shenanigans in real time.

It is already a forgone conclusion that the process will be marred by fraud and rigging. If we cannot avert disaster we may at least try to mitigate it.

Dr A A Agbormbai

In my commentary above the word 'veto' should be 'vet' in the first instant and 'vetting' in the second instant. The statement:

"This clause is requiring political parties to veto independent candidates. And essentially means that independent candidates are NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE in presidential elections, as there is no truly independent candidate who can get through such a veto."

becomes:

"This clause is requiring political parties to vet independent candidates. And essentially means that independent candidates are NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE in presidential elections, as there is no truly independent candidate who can get through such a vetting."

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