Kenya – Jubilee postpones primaries in 15 counties

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Friday April 21 2017
Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju

Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Nairobi on April 21, 2017. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AGEWA MAGUT
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Jubilee Party primaries were called off in some counties due to logistical problems, party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has said.

Mr Tuju on Friday said that after talks with the party leadership, it was agreed that the primaries should be postponed to a later date so as to uphold transparency and fairness.

Nominations were called off in Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Nakuru, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Embu, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nyeri counties.

Earlier, the party had announced that it would monitor closely voting in Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties.

In other counties, balloting was cancelled only in a few constituencies.

“In a limited number of constituencies … the respective Returning Officers will be able to make the last call. These are Laikipia, Meru and West Pokot,” said Mr Tuju in a statement following chaos that ensued after delays and lack of voting materials marred the process.

The Jubilee Party primaries were marked by incidents such as the burning of polling materials, protests by voters in various counties amid the fear of rigging by aspirants and threats to defect to other parties.

In some areas, the 2013 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission registers were being used, leaving out the names of registered voters, and in others names of aspirants were not on ballot boxes.

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