In Summary
  • Many of the protests were sparked by a shortage of ballot papers and late arrival of election materials.
  • Parties have until Wednesday next week to submit the lists of their aspirants to the IEBC.

Chaotic scenes marred Jubilee strongholds as the party’s primaries to pick candidates for the August 8 General Election flopped.

This evening, the party eventually cancelled the nominations in all the 21 counties, citing massive irregularities.

In some counties, such as Meru, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nandi and Kericho, violent incidents were reported with youths barricading major roads, storming polling centres and burning ballot papers in protest.

Many of the protests were sparked by a shortage of ballot papers and late arrival of election materials.

MONITORING EVENTS
The ruling party was to carry out nominations in 21 counties across the country, many of them in its central and Rift Valley strongholds.

However, delays in supplying adequate election materials in polling stations sparked widespread protests with police in places like Nakuru firing in the air and using teargas to disperse angry party supporters.

At about mid-day, the party’s Secretary-General, Mr Raphael Tuju, said they were monitoring the situation and promised to give an update.

By about 6pm, he issued a statement saying that nominations had been cancelled in 11 counties: Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Nakuru, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Embu and Nandi.

In these and other areas, many aspirants had mobilised their supporters to turn up in large numbers, knowing that a victory in the nominations would put them in good stead to win during the General Election.

Mr Tuju also said that in the areas that voting was taking place; Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties, the party would continue to monitor the events closely.

WEAPONS FOUND
Three counties; Laikipia, Meru, Kiambu and West Pokot had the nominations cancelled only in some parts.

In Kiambu, the nomination was cancelled in Gatundu South Constituency after police found weapons and election materials related to three aspirants in a car.

Mr Tuju said fresh dates for repeat nominations in the affected counties will be agreed on in order to uphold the transparency and fairness of the process.

Parties have until Wednesday next week to submit the lists of their aspirants to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Independent candidates, on the other hand, have until May 20 to submit their papers to the commission.

That means Jubilee must hold fresh nominations before Wednesday.

This could be a tall order for President Uhuru’s party because it is scheduled to hold nominations in 23 other counties on Tuesday, a day to the deadline of submitting its list of candidates to IEBC.

FEW BALLOT PAPERS

The counties to hold nominations on Tuesday are Lamu, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Kilifi, Tana River, Mombasa, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Migori, Kwale, Garissa, Nyamira, Isiolo and Kisii.

The party will hold nominations for Nairobi on Monday.

Today’s primaries were marked by long delays.

In one polling station in Eldoret Town, aspirants claimed only 1,000 ballot papers were supplied yet the centre had 11,000 registered voters.

In Baringo, 64 gubernatorial ballot booklets were missing and some had been tampered with.

In Kericho’s Bureti Constituency, 29,000 ballot papers were supplied against a demand of 64,000.

In Laikipia, Murang’a and Kirinyaga, angry youths set ablaze the inadequate ballot papers in some polling stations.

As a result of the inadequacies, some aspirants and voters agreed not to take part in the nominations until enough ballot papers are supplied.

IRREGULARITIES
In the North Rift, affected counties were Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Trans Nzoia and Baringo.

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