Tuju ‘takes responsibility’ for chaotic Jubilee primaries, cancels voting in 11 counties

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Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju addresses the press at the party headquarters in Pangani, April 21, 2017. /PATRICK VIDIJA

Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju has cancelled nominations in 11 counties after confusion and delays marred the first day.

“The new voting dates will be announced as soon as possible and we apologise to all our party members for all inconveniences. I take responsibility for the failure,” he told the press on Friday.

The process was cancelled in Nandi, Kericho, Baringo, Bomet, Trans Nzoia ,Nakuru, Embu, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Narok and Kajiado.

Some constituencies in Kiambu, Meru, Laikipia and West Pokot have also been affected.

Tuju admitted that there was mistake on their part when the ballot papers were delivered.

“When the ballot papers were delivered, we should have counted them one by one,” he said noting that so far nobody has been caught with fake ballot papers.

Tuju said they will continue to monitor the integrity of the process as voting continues in some counties.

Only Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua are fully voting.

“If we feel that the integrity of the process needs us to repeat, we will repeat,” he said.

“Party officials and management have instructions to reschedule the exercise in affected areas and better manage logistics.”

Earlier, aspirants cancelled the primaries indefinitely in most counties following an acute shortage of ballot papers.

This happened despite Tuju reaffirming that the primaries have not been cancelled.

In Elgeyo Marakwet, county elections board members accused top Jubilee elections board officials of not responding to their concerns.

Barnabas Lagat, county elections board chair, said they noticed the papers were insufficient when they were dispatched on Thursday.

The exercise was also called off in Baringo after a shortage of ballot papers .

County elections board chair Bernard Lotole said the exercise was suspended until further notice.

In Kirinyaga county, voting did not take off as planned amid allegations that ballot papers had been stolen.

Jubilee Party county coordinator Martin Mwangi denied the claims.

In Murang’a, the exercise delayed after ballot boxes were reported missing in various polling stations.

A presiding officer at Ikindu in Maragua constituency said ballot papers were stolen from his car which was parked at the polls venue.

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