Jubilee party conducts primaries in Nairobi

By Rose Welimo/KBC Reporters

Security has been beefed up at various polling centres in the in Nairobi city as Jubilee party conducts its nominations.

The race for the governor’s seat has attracted Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, former Starehe MP, Margaret Wanjiru, and former Gatanga MP, Peter Kenneth.

The winner will face off Nairobi governor Evans Kidero of ODM who got a direct nomination. The hotspots include Starehe, Dagorreti South, Kamukunji, Kasarani, Roysambu and Embakasi East, Embakasi West and Embakasi Central. Ballot papers were escorted under tight security to the centres ahead of the exercise.

Peter Kenneth cast his vote at Bahati Primary school while Mike Sonko cast his ballot at Bidii primary school.

The voters are also choosing the preferred candidate for Nairobi senatorial position, women representative, MPs and MCAs.

However, there were complaints of missing names from supporters on registers being used. Nairobi residents were seen on the queues in many polling stations as early as 4 am.

Jubilee had earlier postponed the primaries that were scheduled for Monday, raising speculation of negotiations between the two top candidates.

Meanwhile, Jubilee Party elections board chairman Andrew Musangi says ballot papers in Nairobi have been made with enhanced security to meet the needs of members.

According to Musangi this was reached after intelligence reports indicated that there were attempts to infiltrate the exercise. He has also announced that the nominations exercise for the MP position in Matayos in Busia County has been deferred to Thursday due to printing challenges.

The party has also deferred the nomination exercise in Mandera East to Saturday. For aspirants who feel aggrieved, Musangi said the party has now uploaded an appeals form to handle the matter.

He encouraged aspirants to use the platform saying the appeals tribunal which is independent is ready to listen to their issues.