UPDATE ON THE ON GOING PRIMARIES IN NAIROBI
The much anticipated party primaries in Nairobi County kicked off today at 6:00am. Most polling stations in all the 17 sub-counties have recorded a high turnout of members who are presently in the process of choosing their candidates for various seats to represent the party in the general on August 8 this year.
As the person mandated to supervise the exercise, I have visited a number of polling stations to see the progress and I am satisfied that the exercise is going on smoothly.
However, there are a few challenges reported in Embakasi East, Makadara and Embakasi West Constituencies, some parts of Kibra Constituency and Kahawa West in Roysambu Constituency where the exercise began late due to one reason or the other.
I want to report that progress has been made in addressing the problems that led to the late kick off of the exercise in the afore-mentioned areas and we have since resolved them and the process is ongoing now.
On behalf of the National Elections Board, I wish to state categorically that this exercise was well planned and mechanisms put in place to ensure its success. The party wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police for ensuring there is enough security in all the polling stations and that the same shall be extended to the tallying centre where final results shall be announced.
It is the wish of the party that every member gets the opportunity to participate in the nominations exercise to elect candidates to fly the party flag for the various seats in the general election. Any party member with an Identity Card and their name appears in the Register should be allowed to vote. Being a Sunday and most Christians go to Church to Worship, we know many of them may not have found time to participate and therefore we shall extend voting time upto 6:00pm. After 6pm, polling stations will close to allow for vote counting.
I want to applaud party members and aspirants for resorting to consultations rather than violence where there seemed to have been a problem since the exercise began in the morning. We have received many phone calls, answered them and this has helped us to address some of the problems.
Violence is unacceptable. Aspirants should not incite people against their opponents. Anyone who engages in activities that are against the party’s nominations rules and is proved so, shall face automatic disqualification.
I want to encourage members and aspirants with queries to get in touch with the Director of Communications Philip Etale to transmit the same to me and the Board for quick action.
We will update you once I get more information from our officers in the field.
Thank you and God Bless Kenya.
Hon. Junet Mohammed Nuh
Director of Campaigns/Election