Don’t speak ill of Jubilee nominations, Tuju warns aspirants

Sweeping the ballots under the carpet

Raphael Tuju
Jubilee Party Head of Secretariat Raphael Tuju. PHOTO: MEDIAMAX

Jubilee Party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, has issued stern warning to aspirants and returning officers against issuing any statement regarding the nominations.

“The party urges all voters to adhere to the guidelines provided for by the party headquarters on the primaries,” the former Cabinet Secretary said via a presser on Friday, April 21.

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A lorry with ballot papers at the Nakuru Jubilee Party offices before dispatch to polling stations on Friday, April 21, 2017. PHOTO: STEVE WAMBUGU/THE STAR

This comes amid reports that the nominations failed to kick off on time in many polling stations causing anger among aspirants and supporters alike.

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Tuju also rejected calls by some aspirants to postpone the primaries saying they will proceed as per the party’s timetable.

“We wish to confirm that the party has made sufficient provisions to enable all our voters to exercise their democratic right without hindrance or inhibition,” he said

Voters who started streaming in the polling centres from as early as 3am, complained of delays even as some opted to go back home upon the discovery that there were no voting materials

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Queues started forming at various polling stations as early as 3 am but ballot papers were yet to reach the polling stations by 8am.

“We have been waiting here for long and it is unfortunate that there are delays. We think we should just go home,” a voter in Kericho told journalists.

The Star reports that voters could be seen stranded at various polling stations around the county following the delays that characterised day one of the exercise.

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According to the Jubilee Party schedule, it plans to hold the nominations in 21 counties on Friday and will conclude with the remaining 23 on Monday, April 24.

JP’s primaries in Nairobi where Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and his arch rival Peter Kenneth are expected to fight in a grueling battle, were postponed by two days to Monday.