NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – The Jubilee Party has attributed the delay in issuance of nomination certificates to a watertight verification process that the party was unable to complete in time.
Secretary General Raphael Tuju has said the party could not complete the verification as earlier anticipated owing to a number of ongoing petitions.
“We had to verify the names and the results for the various seats that were contested and also ensure the declared results is what we have,” Tuju said at a press briefing at party headquarters at Pangani on Thursday.
“If the result was challenged by anybody who was still at our disputes tribunal we had to get the ruling, if the case went to the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal we also had to get the ruling from there,” he added.
Tuju apologised to members for the delay, saying the verification process had since been concluded paving way for the distribution of nomination certificates at various county headquarters beginning Friday.
“The actual piece of paper we sign is actually emanating from a long and detailed process,” he affirmed while dismissing fears that certificates could be dished out to aspirants who lost in primaries as a result of undue influence.
“The certificates are now available for dispatch to the various counties from where they will be distributed,” he said.
The Secretary General further noted that the certificates will bare unique security features to curb malpractices and incidences of politicians forging the documents.
The ruling party on Saturday during a National Delegates Convention (NDC) endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as the Jubilee presidential contenders.
“I want to urge you that after you have got them, please go back to your areas and then we will meet you there when we start campaigning,” party leader, President Kenyatta stated during the NDC.
President Kenyatta at the time encouraged those who had lost in the nominations to join the party in campaigning for its candidates and specifically add their input in the presidential campaign to “ensure the party remains strong.”
“There will be space for you since we also cannot ignore your contribution but the only thing I ask is please support those who have won so that the Jubilee team and agenda can be the winning team and we can form government and thereby work with you in administration, ” he beseeched poll losers adding “there is enough space and there is no one single person who will be left behind.”