By Beth Nyaga/Grace Maina
Jubilee Party cancels primaries exercise in all 21 counties that were to take place on Friday, 21st April.
Speaking at Jubilee Headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi Party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, ordered for voting and tallying be stopped as soon as possible as new poll dates will be announced on Saturday, 22nd April.
He stated that logistical challenges were brought about by underestimating the voter turnout.
“We admit to have totally underestimated the level of voter turnout across the country. We had estimated the turnout at 50 percent. We are planning for a repeat of the primaries next week, and the party leadership is reprinting ballot papers that will be used in the exercise,” said Mr Tuju.
Mr Tuju addressed the public just minutes after the party had announced cancelling party primaries in 17 counties
The counties included: Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Laikipia, Meru and Nyandarua, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Bomet, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Embu and Baringo Counties.
Chaos marred party primaries in the 17 counties out of 22 counties which jubilee held the exercise after technical hitches delayed the process.
The slow start of voting process gave rise to grievances by disgruntled supporters and eventually the political heat became uncontrollable in some areas.
In the rift valley region, a perceived jubilee stronghold was the most notorious, aspirants and incumbent leaders in Kericho, Uasin Gishu and Nandi protested against delaying tactics and inadequate voting materials and eventually dismissed the whole process.
“The new dates will be announced as soon as possible after consultations with stakeholders,” said Tuju.
Earlier Tuju dispelled fears that voting materials for the ongoing nomination exercise were inadequate.
Mr Tuju has now assured Kenyans that the upcoming nominations will take all the necessary measures to avoid a repeat of the chaotic polls held on the 21st of April.