With such increased, especially in Central and Rift Valley regions, Mr Tuju last week said the seven million cards it had procured ran out and the party had to order an additional three million.
“These cards will kill us. A rich aspirant goes for cards that assures him of victory in the nomination and then goes all-out to attach bribes when registering members.
This card has legitimised rigging by use of money,” a gubernatorial aspirant in the Rift Valley told the Nation on condition of anonymity.
On Monday, Mr Tuju said it was people’s right to question how something they had spent money on can be abandoned, arguing for its use.
“The card assures the integrity of our process. Without it, our opponents will infiltrate our nominations and choose the people they know they will beat in the General Election. We cannot have that,” said Mr Tuju on phone.
On Sunday during a press conference at the party headquarters, Mr Tuju said that the only places they were sure will not use the cards are those that have few members and almost no challenge to aspirants that want to use the JP ticket.
“In places like Siaya where we have only 1.2 per cent support, it would be almost impossible to conduct nominations. We would rather do consensus,” said Mr Tuju.
In an earlier interview, the party’s vice-chairman David Murathe warned aspirants who are hoarding cards in the hope of using them on nominations day that only card-holding members of the party will be allowed to vote for their preferred leaders.
“People should know that having five cards will be useless because only one card will be used. There is no need giving cards to your supporters who are not members of the party,” he said on phone.
The secretariat had this week argued that its party membership list was foolproof, and was only made better by the cards.
“We have a detailed party register of members built from merged party list, online SMS registration and activation of party cards,” the secretariat said.