, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh has welcomed the Jubilee Party’s move to solely use the party register in a bid to lock out non-members from participating in Wednesday’s primaries.
She says the party must ensure only registered members participate in the nominations, to avoid having unpopular leaders being imposed through infiltration.
“This is a Jubilee Party nomination exercise and we will not allow any other party to infiltrate it,” she said.
“Some of my competitors have their support in ODM zones but what are they doing in Jubilee if their votes are not those of President Uhuru Kenyatta?” she posed.
Her sentiments come after the Jubilee Party raised alarm over a plot by rivals to infiltrate the exercise.
Shebesh expressed optimism of winning the ticket.
Agreeing with the party, she said Nairobi being a cosmopolitan area, they must be careful to ensure only members participate in the exercise.
“This is more of a General Election to us,” she said.
Earlier Wednesday, Jubilee Party Elections Board Chairman Andrew Musangi said the party had received intelligence reports that some people planned to infiltrate the process in a bid to interfere with the outcome.
“Ultimately, our aim was not to deny any voter the chance to vote and we even resorted to ultimately checking their identification of the voter with a view to seeing what location they come from and thereafter allowing them to vote,” he pointed out.
“Having said that, credible intelligence has emerged and we were constantly monitoring this even yesterday, that there were particularly concerted efforts to infiltrate the Jubilee Party voting in Nairobi.”
In other areas where the Jubilee Party has a massive following, people were allowed to vote despite their names missing in the register, but on condition, they had their national ID cards.
Musangi says the move will ensure the true will of the party members in Nairobi will be reflected in the outcome.
“This is a very cosmopolitan county and it holds Kenyans from all corners of the country and in the circumstances, we have instructed our presiding officers in Nairobi given the real and present of such danger in such infiltration to avert the will of the Nairobi voter, to use the party’s register until and unless any advice come from the party headquarters,” he stated.