The opposition coalition has been directed to revise its list of candidates seeking to sit in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) to march the required number of twelve.
A Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on the Election of members to EALA has observed that under the election rules, a party shall be entitled to nominate for election ay number of candidates not exceeding three times the figure arrived at by multiplying the number of elected members of parliament of that party.
Both Jubilee and the opposition members have joined hands to shoot down the nomination of two candidates fronted by the opposition, namely Kennedy Musyoka and Judith Pareno.
While Jubilee is opposed to the nomination of Musyoka a son former Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka, a section of ODM allied members have vowed to vote against Pareno, whom they accuse of having played a part in the bungled party nominations where most of them lost the party ticket.
Leader of majority Aden Duale had rejected names of the four nominees presented by the opposition for the election of the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA).
Duale in a statement presented to the committee, said that he had rejected the four candidates nominated by Cord Coalition, Musyoka, Pareno, Abubakar Zein and Ronald Ngeny on basis that the opposition did not adhere to the rules of nominating candidates to the assembly.
On the issue of independent candidates, the committee which is chaired by majority whip Katoo Ole Metito and Senate deputy majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen observed that their application was not covered in the rules.
The committee noted that in making provision for such candidates, the rules recognized the possibility of a future scenario where the composition of Parliament, independents may be entitled to a slot of the membership of EALA.
In his statement, Duale had also rejected names of fifteen candidates who had applied as independents for failing to comply with requirements of the Constitution as relates to gathering support by registered voters.
In forwarding only four names, Duale noted the Cord Coalition mischievously seeks to deny the House the freedom of choice to reject any or all of the four candidates.
Duale said what the opposition did was a mischievous attempt to tie the freedom of choice at the voting stage more so where the records indicate that at the time of the close of applications of May 4, the Cord Coalition had received a total of 41 applicants.”