Lack of ballot papers delays Jubilee nominations in Lamu

An police officer guards party primaries ballot boxes PHOTO FILE

Lamu,KENYA:Jubilee party nominations in Lamu county kicked off later than scheduled owing to delays in delivery of ballot paper.

The exercise which had been expected to start by 7 am instead Started way past 11 am Wednesday and even so in just a few of the voting centers.

In many other centers however, the exercise had not yet started by 11 am since they were yet to served with ballot papers.

A Jubilee elections board official who sought anonymity said the exercise was delayed since the office had not received ballot papers which he said were yet to arrive from Nairobi.

“We have the ballot boxes but the ballot papers are yet to arrive From Nairobi but we have been told they are on the way,”he said.

Seemingly agitated and stranded voters who had turned up from as early as 6 am for the exercise walked to the Jubilee party offices in Lamu island seeking an explanation on the same.

Lamu is among the 16 counties whose party primaries earlier set for Tuesday were postponed and instead slotted for Wednesday.

On Tuesday,Lamu county Jubilee chair Abdulrehman Hilal had assured that all was set for the exercise but also revealed that there seemed to be a hitch with the delivery of ballot papers which had
not arrived by Tuesday.

There is a total of 40 polling stations across Lamu county with the Lamu Fort being the tallying centre.

This particular exercise targets candidates for the positions of Senator,MPs and MCAs.

In the senatorial race,the incumbent is Abu Chiaba is sweating it out with nominated MCA Monica Njambi and Anwar Loitiptip.

The parliamentary seat will see one Anastacia Mwangi face it out with MCA and leader of majority in the county assembly Kassim Ahmed after which one of them will now fight out for the seat with the incumbent Julius Ndegwa.

Jubilee governor aspirant Fahim Twaha and Lamu East MP Athman Shariff were handed direct nominations as they stand unopposed.

Security has been intensified during the exercise.