NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has warned aspirants who will engage in violence during the nomination stage will be disqualified.
He says all measures have been put in place to ensure the exercise will be smooth as well as free and fair while dispelling fears that some aspirants names will be missing from the ballot papers.
“We have taken up this matter with IEBC where omissions if some of our aspirants are reflected in the gazette notice,” he stated.
“Given the massive numbers of names submitted to the IEBC in soft copy we are investigating together with the commission where mistakes may have originated. In the meantime, we request all our aspirants to check their names on the website of IEBC (iebc.co.ke).”
If an aspirant find his name missing, Tuju asked them to contact the party headquarters, “on the designated telephone number 0771399841, 0709175000 during working hours including during these Easter holidays.”
“We appeal to all affected aspirants to remain calm as we make corrections with the IEBC. Such mistakes have not affected the accuracy of the printed ballot papers.”
He says all ballot papers have been fitted with five security features to ensure the exercise will not be infiltrated by illegality.
“If you engage in any kind of violence, any kind of disruption, you will be disqualified…but don’t test our resolve because we will do it and you will find it difficult because the appeal process can take very long and you could be time barred,” he cautioned.
He further says the returning officers will be swapped during the exercise that will be carried out in more than 20,000 polling stations with Jubilee employing 66,000 personnel to oversee the April 21 nominations.
Tuju could not however disclose whether the exercise may be extended in case of emerging issues.
Campaigns, he said will end on 19th of this month.