Update on Jubilee party primaries in Nandi

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Jubilee party primaries in Nandi has been blemished with confusion and conflicting orders
Jubilee party primaries in Nandi has been blemished with confusion and conflicting orders

The Jubilee party primaries in Nandi were called off earlier today indefinitely until further notice following a shortage of ballot papers in the voting centres.

Speaking to West Media in Kapsabet Boys High school, which was to be the main tallying centre, the returning officer for Nandi county Mr Solomon Mangira said the primaries were cancelled due to a shortage of ballot papers and complaints from aspirants.

Mangira cited that aspirants including the incumbent governor, senator and women representative stormed the tallying centre at around 3.00am today and insisted polling should not take place with fewer materials.

He said that there was a serious shortage of voting materials at every voting centre, thus, the whole exercise had to be called off.

Some of the aspirants who spoke to the press couldn’t conceal their anger and disappointment, saying they may move to other parties.

However, the official position of leaders from the Jubilee hierarchy indicated that the process will go on. National Elections Board Chair Andrew Musangi had insisted that the primaries will proceed as planned. His sentiments were echoed by Party Secretary Raphael Tuju, who insisted that the power to issue statements doesn’t rest with aspirants or any returning officers.