EAST African Community (EAC) Secretariat has advised political parties in the region to begin forming mergers or coalitions in preparation for the ultimate goal of achieving political Federation. If the government of the East Africa (Federation) is to be democratically elected, political parties will have to agree on how they will form EAC-wide parties through mergers or coalitions, said EACs Deputy Secretary General, Ms Beatrice Kiraso over the weekend. Ms Kiraso said right now political parties in the region are more than 140, are just national-based and some are too small to win even one parliament seat at national level, which is not sustainable. Under political federation, parties in respective countries would have to campaign in other countries to win voters for the federal East African government but the parties would have chances of winning if they had counterparts in other countries. The bloc is expected to achieve political federation after attainment of monetary Union in 2012. Already the EAC has been through Customs Union and Common market in the process of integration. She was speaking after conclusion of a meeting with all 43 Burundi political parties in Bujumbura which marked the end of the series of sensitization meetings for political parties in all the five member countries. Source: Daily News.