NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – The Jubilee Party has extended the deadline for the submission of party nomination papers by five more days starting Monday.
JP Head of Secretariat Raphael Tuju told a news conference on Friday that the extension is aimed at netting last minute defections.
He said the most important mission of the Jubilee Party is to bring all Kenyans together to grow as a nation.
“The postponement of accepting the nomination papers has also been done so as to give a chance to so many current leaders in different parties who have decided to come and join Jubilee Party. We are very delighted by this; we are very grateful because this is a vote of confidence in the party,” Tuju stated.
“We have quite a few politicians who have joined us as Jubilee from the Opposition and we welcome them all to Jubilee Party,” he added
Political parties have until March 19 to submit their lists to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
According to the revised the poll agency timelines, political parties will have to submit the names of candidates for party primaries to the IEBC from March 26 to April 5.
The Commission will gazette the names of the candidates and the dates of the party primaries between March 30 and April 12.
Political parties have between April 13 and April 26 to conduct their nominations and should any disputes arise from the nominations, parties will have a 30-day window to resolve them.
At the same, Tuju announced that Protus Kwoka Wanyonyi has been appointed to head the Jubilee Party National Elections Board (NEB).
Tuju said President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will unveil the rest of the Board on Monday.
“Mr Kwoka Wanyonyi has been appointed as the Chair of the National Elections Board and his appointment has been confirmed by the National Executive Committee which was also attended by the Party Leader and the Deputy Party Leader,” the JP Head of Secretariat announced.