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Kenyan football clubs given vote to tackle corruption

By John Nene
BBC Sport, Nairobi

Kenya's Victor Mugabe in action against Angola in 2011
Kenyan football has been riven by disputes for years

A new voting system will be used to elect the head of Kenyan football, in a bid to stop corruption.

For the first time every affiliated club in the country, nearly 3000 of them, will have a vote.

Previously a small number of delegates were appointed regionally.

"This [previous] system has been used to elect the wrong leaders, who bribe delegates to vote for them," Peter Ogonji, the head of Kenya's Independent Electoral Board (IEB) told the BBC.

Football Kenya Limited (FKL), which is recognised by Fifa as the body which runs football in the country, is due to hold elections for its chairmanship this month.

Officials from the Kenya Football Federation (KFF), a rival governing body, will also be eligible to stand.

It is hoped that the election will end years of disputes which have hampered the development of football in the country.

The election will be overseen by the body which runs political elections in Kenya, although a specific date for the poll has not yet been set.

Candidates for the chairmanship of FKL will have produce a "certificate of good conduct" from the Kenyan Criminal Investigation Department, Ogonji said.

"We want to give everyone the chance to vie for the positions available, but at the same time those contesting the elections must be credible leaders."

Ogonji admitted that the IEB was still in discussion with Fifa over how many votes each club would have.

Football's world governing body is thought to want each club to have just one vote, whilst the IEB would prefer them to have three.

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see also
Fifa appoints Kenya committee
23 Dec 10 |  African
Kenya set for football elections
20 Dec 10 |  African
Kenya football dispute resolved
27 Apr 10 |  African
New body for Kenya football
09 Jul 04 |  African
Kenya's football crisis deepens
18 Feb 03 |  Africa

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