– The highly anticipated Jubilee Party nominations have been postponed a day to the D-day
– No reason has been given on why the anticipated nominations have been postponed
– On Wednesday, April 19, Jubilee announced changes on the nomination dates to April 21 and April 25
– There are fears the party is battling to avoid nomination debacles similar to those experienced by ODM
– The primaries are billed to be the party’s strongest acid test as loyalists and friends of Uhuru and William Ruto prepare to go against each other
Jubilee party has opted to postpone the Friday, April 21 primaries to Monday 24, April 2017.
No reason has been given yet on why the anticipated nominations have been postponed but the party has been under immense pressure to deliver free, fair and credible nominations.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has suffered turbulence in conducting its primaries which have been marred with violence.
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The ODM party has been forced to nullify nominations in some areas including Busia and cancel others following massive claims of irregularities.
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Jubilee party is bound to run into similar chalanges considering its sheer size and many competing interest.
The primaries will also see friends and loyalists of Uhuru and William Ruto go up against each other.
In Nairobi for instance, there is a perception, Uhuru Kenyatta prefers a Peter Kenneth candidature for the gubernatorial seat over Mike Sonko.
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TUKO.co.ke reported earlier that a section of Jubilee politicians in Central region were crying foul over a rigging scheme ahead of the party primaries tat were set for Friday, April 21.
An aspirant from Mathira constituency, Cathy Irungu dragged government administrators and religious leaders into the rigging scheme alleging that they were actively involved in the distribution of the ballot papers.
On the other hand, their counterparts of Laikipia county have accused Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri of working in cahoots with Governor Joshua Irungu to influence the outcome of the primaries.
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Jubilee Party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, and President Kenyatta, however, have assured of free, fair and credible nominations saying that the party has no favourites and whoever wins the nominations will be supported by those who lose.
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