Jubilee aspirants raise concern over ongoing primaries

By KBC Reporters

Several aspirants from the Jubilee coalition are now expressing concern about the conduct and legitimacy of results from the ongoing primaries, saying the process could have been compromised.

Polling stations in a number of counties had not received ballot papers as late as 9 am Friday morning prompting some residents to boycott the exercise.

Jubilee party primaries in select constituencies in West Pokot, Narok, Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties have since been postponed.

Residents in west Pokot County had queued in line waiting to take part in the jubilee party primaries as early as 5 am. But by 9 am voting in several parts of the county had not begun, drawing mixed remarks from residents who took issue with the ill planning of the exercise by the jubilee party.

In Embu County, numerous polling stations had not received ballot papers by late Friday morning.

As a result several residents opted to boycott the voting process, amid fears over the legitimacy of the exercise and further calling for its postponement.

Officials from Ruiru Sub County were forced to stall the process after they misplaced the official party register. Area residents however called on the party to ensure no one was left out of the voting process.

Tharaka Nithi gubernatorial aspirant Petkay Miriti who was set to square it off with Chuka Igamba Ng’ombe Member of Parliament Muthomi Njuki, accused his opponent of plotting to rig the nomination exercise. He vowed to reject the outcome of the primaries and called on the party to consider postponing the exercise.

A number of aspirants in Meru County have also taken exception to the use of the party’s register saying it could be flawed.

Jubilee party primaries in Laikipia have since stalled with area residents awaiting official communication on the next course of action.

Kiambu

In Kiambu County, Jubilee party primaries kicked off amid reports of 10 Presiding officers failing to show up in their respective polling stations in Kiambaa constituency.

Locals claim the officers could have colluded with some aspirants to try and rig the nominations.

Similar hiccups reported in a number of polling centers with claims a supporter in one centre was reported to have masqueraded as an official in the stations   bringing business to a standstill for close to 2 hours.

Agents from across the county were early to inspect and ascertain that their aspirants had been afforded a leveled playground.

But despite the challenges the supporters who had thronged the stations since 6 am pledged to undertake the exercise in electing their leaders of choice.

The   county is the bedrock of the jubilee party being the home of President Uhuru Kenyatta. According to the jubilee party the voting exercise is expected to end at 5 pm and county should commence immediately.