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A useful pointer from Kenya

Pity the Kenyans: they have 300 registered political parties, and presumably voting slips that look more like phone books.

President Kibaki is seeking state funding for parties (not good), but has come up with some qualifying hurdles:

"The Bill also provides tough rules to tame the culture of defections. It demands, among other requirements, that an MP intending to ditch a party shall give his party 14 days notice.

And if it becomes law, politicians who have been hiring gangs to disrupt rallies organised by their competitors will also pay a fine not exceeding Sh15,000 (circa £110), or face a jail term of not more than two years, or both".

Given that no Kenyan party is affiliated to the International Democrat Union, I have not bee able to work out who are the good guys as yet.

The first bit would make party conferences and the like less panicky affairs, I think.

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