Aspirants throng JP offices to verify status ahead of April 21 primaries

March 29, 2017 3:47 pm
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Raphael Tuju, the party’s Secretary General Wednesday released a statement stating that Jubilee had already submitted a membership list to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) comprising of 7.5 million members/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – Hundreds of aspirants have thronged Jubilee Party offices as they seek to verify their registration details ahead of party primaries on April 21.

The process kicked off early Wednesday morning amid fears by some aspirants that some of their details were missing in crucial party files including photos.

Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke who was among members who successfully went through the process on Wednesday however dismissed fears that the process was defective saying everything was being done above board.

“The process is okay. Everything was checked on the computer system and I was cleared,” Waluke told Capital FM News after undergoing the verification process at the party headquarters in Pangani.

The legislator who recently defected from the Orange Democratic Movement also affirmed that the selection of County Elections Boards was going to be fair, saying chaos witnessed in some counties during election of CEB members was unfortunate.

“As Bungoma County we learnt from how the exercise was done in Nairobi and I can assure you that you will not see the chaos you saw in Nairobi,” Waluke who is also the county party chair said.

He said Bungoma residents expect President Uhuru Kenyatta to visit the county once the verification of aspirants is complete reaffirming State House’s position that Kenyatta had to cancel his trip to Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties to focus on the ongoing verification exercise.

Raphael Tuju, the party’s Secretary General Wednesday released a statement stating that Jubilee had already submitted a membership list to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) comprising of 7.5 million members.

He said only enlisted members will participate in primaries.

Tuju also announced the appointment of Winnie Guchu as the new Executive Director of the Party as well as other directors to head different directorates of JP.

The nominations will be overseen by the National Elections Board through CEBs which the party said will be swapped to other counties to ensure a free and fair selection of flag-bearers for various elective seats.

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