Embu Jubilee nominations plunged into disarray after an unprecedented four hour delay due to lack of adequate voting materials and irregularities reported in polling centres.
The nomination exercise aborted after several aspirants led by Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire who is gunning for the gubernatorial seat stormed into the Kirimari Boys’ High School tallying centre in Manyatta Constituency where ballot boxes and papers were yet to be dispatched to polling centres by 10am.
Mbarire who was flanked by Manyatta MP John Muchiri and Kirimari MCA Ibrahim Swaleh deplored the lack of lids for ballot boxes and claimed that the inadequate ballot papers were being selectively dispatched to the strongholds for the incumbent Governor Martin Wambora.
Chaos and confusion characterised the tallying centre as supporters of the politicians disrupted the issuance of voting materials and demanded that the exercise be called off until the Jubilee Party was ready to conduct better organised nominations.
The leaders unanimously termed the primaries as a sham and regretted having paid nomination fees and recruited poll agents in every polling station, then face an election that was seemingly not credible due to disorganisation.
The nomination exercise was paralysed after the politicians led their supporters in a mass walkout and warned election to stop voting in any polling centre that materials had been dispatched without proper prior arrangements and securing of ballot boxes.
The leaders also demanded an explanation as to why transport to polling centres was not arranged early enough to enable the electorate to commence casting their votes by 6am, yet the party had more than three weeks to prepare for the primaries.
The politicians also alleged that there were plans to rig the primaries as evidenced by the massive irregularities that they claimed worked to the advantage of their opponents.