21 April 2017

Kenya: Jubilee Primaries Off to Slow Start As Poll Materials Delayed

Photo: Jeff Angote/The Nation
Deputy President William Ruto (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the launch of Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on September 10, 2016.

Nairobi — The nomination exercise in most polling stations across the country for the jubilee Party were yet to kick off at 6am Friday following delays in the distribution of election materials.

In many regions, residents work up early for the exercise and were still waiting for their polling stations to be opened.

Many expressed dismay at the delay, saying that they hoped to finish choosing their candidates as fast as possible.

"We want our aspirants to come out and explain to us what is going on. We were here very early and we are concerned about the delay in starting the process," a voter in Uasin Gishu said.

"This process should be postponed here in Bomet because it has not started now and there is a lot of pressure. This will give the officials time to be adequately prepared," another one in Bomet said.

The nominations were set to kick off Friday in 21 counties including Kiambu and Nyeri while 23 counties which include the far-flung Lamu, Mandera and Turkana will hold polls on Tuesday.

Nairobi nominations which were set for Friday were also moved to Monday.

Sources said the Nairobi nominations were postponed to allow time for consensus in the standoff between Peter Kenneth and Mike Sonko who are eying the gubernatorial seat.

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju made it clear that the party register and not smartcards would be used in the verification of members to allow voting.

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