Party primaries in Nandi County that were scheduled to start today at 6:00AM to 5:00PM at thousands of polling stations has been officially postponed to a date that will be communicated to Returning and Presiding Officers.
Tension was high in polling centers known to be swing votes, and unconfirmed reports indicate that residents in Kapsabet had started demonstration citing attempted rigging and delay in voting exercise – at a time when change of leadership was eagerly anticipated.
Reason for putting off the polls, according to Arise Nandi analysis, is mainly inadequate materials compared to the actual turn out. The disparities between the number of voters (as printed in the register) and the number of ballot papers emerged that the papers were extremely few compared to the registered voters and expected high turn out during the voting exercise. This means that the over half the voters in queues were highly likely to miss the ballot papers to cast their votes, whereby presiding officers feared that it could cause chaos and erupt violence.
Rigging accusations wasn’t ruled out by observers and voters who’d thronged the gates of polling centers to nominate their favourite candidates, only to receive the bad news. Many stood there for hours as crowd kept growing where Rift Valley and country’s political discussions took center stage.
Jubilee Party is a government’s vehicle to 2017 general election. Having the ruling party to postpone its party primaries due to inadequate materials and poor logistics has angered many supporters that are now painting a grim picture of a party perceived as the richest in the country.
Most affected people were the presiding officers and their respective clerks who used their personal resources to run party errands (like transport, food, demarcation of the polling center, training clerks, re-wiring and re-connection of power in places that had power but wasn’t working, etc). Reimbursement of the loses incurred remained unknown by the time this article was published.
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