Small parties are getting a windfalls from party nominations planned for next month, which are the all-important precursor to the August General Election.
The parties have been asking aspirants to seek nomination with them, with the biggest catch being the smaller fees charged compared with those of the big parties.
With nomination fees as little as Sh100,000 for the governor seat when the other parties are charging upwards of Sh500,000, the allure of the smaller parties has kept increasing.
Last week, 67 parties, among them at least 40 small parties, some barely known, presented their nomination rules in the hope of reaping from nomination fallout in the bigger parties.
For these parties, the strategy is simple: get as many people as possible to contest on your tickets, promise them direct tickets, and let them run their campaigns.
“We appeal to all those politically frustrated, marginalised and ignored to remember that Ford was formed to offer a roof and a democratic choice and option, as Kenya must emerge from the colonial and neo-colonial yoke. Ford is actually home,” said Ford secretary general Njeru Kathangu.
Mr Kathangu’s Ford (Forum for Restoration of Democracy, formerly Ford Asili), is one of the parties eyeing the nominations windfall.
Others that have advertised are the People’s Party of Kenya and the New Democrats Party, but over 40 others have presented their nomination rules to the electoral agency.
Parties that have also positioned themselves for the polls, but are significantly bigger, include Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s Chama cha Mashinani, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap, Meru Governor Peter Munya’s Party of National Unity, and Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba’s Labour Party of Kenya.
Small parties that have submitted their nomination rules include Progressive Party, Chama Cha Uzalendo, Democratic Congress, Kenya Social Congress, Diligence Development Alliance, Ukweli Party, New Democrats, Democratic Party of Kenya, Diligence Development Alliance, Ukweli Party, New Democrats, Democratic Party, Party of Democratic Unity and Roots Party of Kenya.