, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – Aspirants intending to participate in Jubilee Party nominations slated for this Friday have until Wednesday to conclude their campaigns.
The party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju said all measures have been put in place to ensure the exercise will be free and fair, while dispelling fears that some aspirants’ names will be missing from the ballot papers.
“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 warned.
Over 8000 aspirants are eying various political seats under the Jubilee ticket, in what is shaping out as one a bruising nomination exercise.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have assured that they will not favour anyone in the nominations in the spirit of democracy.
“We don’t intend to repeat the nominations just because somebody decided to meet violence,” Tuju said.
He said all ballot papers have been fitted with five security features to protect the integrity of the exercise.
The party has recruited to least 60,000 staff to manage its nominations exercise where each of the 20,000 polling stations across 33 counties will be manned by at least three people.
According to IEBC timelines for nominations of candidates, political parties in the country have until April 26 to nominate their candidates for Governor, Senate, National Assembly, County Woman Representatives and Member of County Assembly (MCAs).