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Embrace negotiated democracy to save cost on by-elections, Muslim leaders urge

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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A section of Muslim leaders is proposing a negotiated democracy to be used in the looming mini polls as opposed to cut throat competition.

Negotiated democracy is a practice of agreeing how to distribute political positions in advance of an election.

This method, the leaders says is the alternative means to get leaders, since it will also save taxpayer money.

Led by the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Organizing Secretary, Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, the leaders say this is the way to go especially now that there’s a pandemic. 

“The country is currently facing financial challenges and economic turmoil brought about by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, hence no money should be wasted on mini polls,” said Khalifa.

Sheikh Khalifa argued that if the country follows this approach instead of conducting by-elections, the electoral body will save taxpayers money and reduce the toxic politics that comes with campaigns.

He also noted that people disregard Covid-19 Health protocols during elections.

“With less than a year to the general elections, we need to give Kenyans a break from politicking. Going the negotiated democracy way is an alternative we can embrace as a country. Kenyans have witnessed the violence caused by the campaigns in Matungu, Kabuchai and Nakuru,” Sheikh Khalifa stated. 

Khalifa lauded elders and leaders from Garissa County for using negotiated democracy to settle on businessman Abdikadir Haji to succeed his late father as Garissa Senator.

On Tuesday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in a notice gazetted Haji as senator-elect after no one challenged him for the seat.

The poll agency made a declaration of no contest, declaring him as the duly elected Senator for Garissa County.

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