Delays, chaos and tension mark the Jubilee party primaries

A ballot box in the past elections. Lobby group wants Msambweni by-election slated for December postponed./COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:The Jubilee party nominations are commencing  today within 21 counties in Kenya  have been marked by chaos, delays and tensions in different polling stations in the country.

Delays were reported in counties such as Kiambu, Kirinyaga and Uasin Ngishu.

Unconfirmed reports from Kirinyaga county indicate that by 9.00 am the election materials had not yet arrived and a recruitment exercise of the polling  clerks was being conducted in the morning after the the previous clerks were fired after protesting a reshuffle.

Voters in the county complained of delays.

“Its 8.30 and the voting materials have not yet arrived.” David Kiarie a voter in Upper Sagana primary school  polling station in Kirinyaga county told Baraka Fm on phone.

In Kiambu county, delays and confusion marred the exercise in several stations .Jubilee supporters were sent into a confusion after reports emerged online that the Kabete Mp Ferninand Waititu who is battling it out with the incumbent William Kabogo for the gubernatorial ticket had defected to PNU.

In the coast region, Taita-Taveta is the only county where the party primaries will be conducted on today with other counties in the coast region scheduled for 25th.

Taveta Mp Naomi Shaban who has been a vocal supporter of the Jubilee party  will face off with Mike Banton in the Taveta  in the quest to clinch the Jubilee Taveta parliamentary ticket .

Shaban  had earlier made an announcement saying she had ditched the Jubilee party and made a u-turn after two days.

The current Taita-Taveta senator Dan Mwanzo and Women representative  Joyce Lay  received direct nomination party tickets after decamping from ODM last month.

The president had insisted that the Jubilee party nominations would be free and fair and warned the aspirants intending to cause chaos that the party would deal with them.