18 January 2013

Kenya: Confusion and Chaos Mark Party Nominations

Nairobi — The January 17 and 18 countrywide nominations by three key political coalitions in Kenya ended up in shame after chaos and confusion ruled the two days.

Hundreds of voters turned out ready for the nomination exercise at polling centers across the country but later went home, angry, tired and frustrated after waiting in vain the whole day. Parties delayed the delivery of polling materials and in some cases postponed the exercise to January 18.

The confusion, isolated cases of violence and chaos were witnessed during nominations carried out by the, Amani, CORD (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy) and Jubilee coalitions and other smaller parties.

Angry voters took to the street, protesting the delay, lack of proper communication and the disorganization at their parties.

There were claims of rigging and voter bribery in some areas, while in other parties; aspirants got direct nomination.

The sham and confusion witnessed on January 17 and 18, cast doubts whether parties can still be trusted at the bastion of democracy through presentation of credible candidates in the upcoming General Election on March 4.

The ugly head of violence surfaced in several polling centres mostly in Eastlands in Nairobi, Kendu Bay, Siaya and Kisumu; a solemn gloom reminder of the infamous 2007 Post-Election-Violence.

Classes will resume on Monday 21 in schools that were used as polling stations following the logistical challenges that confronted many political parties during the nominations.

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