Confusion and shedding of tears in UDA as party primaries faced with irregularities and rigging

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After the UDA’s National Elections Board stated they were ready for primaries, aspirants around the country were gripped with anxiety.

For the August 9 general election, Deputy President William Ruto’s party will hold nominations in 36 counties.

National Elections Board (NEB) Chairman Antony Mwaura declared on Wednesday that all polling station materials had been delivered to the 15,000 voting locations.

The party has acquired 75,000 transparent ballot boxes complete with 650,000 seals and they have been transported to various constituencies across the country

Mwaura

It has unique security measures that make it impossible to duplicate.

Narok South, Nakuru Town West, and Nandi Hills were all halted due to vote paper mix-ups or the death of an aspirant.

In all three areas, voting will take place on April 19.

Only the party’s eight million registered members will vote.

The polls will open at 6am and close at 5pm.

The constituency and county returning officials will issue interim certificates.

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Board will award permanent certificate.

Governors will be nominated in 13 counties, Senators in 18, and Women Representatives in 28.

The party’s strongholds in Rift Valley and Mt Kenya, however, expressed alarm when the board confirmed its readiness for the exercise.

A free, fair, and peaceful primary would increase the UDA’s prospects of winning the most seats in the main election.

Several aspirants in Nakuru expressed their displeasure with the primaries, accusing strong party members of sowing dissension among hopefuls.

Senator Susan Kihika is at the center of the dispute, accused of favoring some candidates over others.

The hopefuls encouraged Mwaura to focus on the county.

Candidates from Nakuru Town West urged Kihika, who is also running for governor, should quit interfering in the elections.

In our knowledge, a woman named Susan Kihika is hell-bent on tampering with the elections. She has aspirants in several wards and constituencies.”

Rongai, London Ward, and Shabab Ward are among the districts where the senator allegedly planted her chosen aspirants.

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But Kihika says the candidates’ fears are unjustified because the NEB would handle the elections with an impartial crew.

Nominations shall be left to the public, says Kihika.

“I have no intention of interfering with the nominations,” she stated.

CEO Tabitha Karanja, who is running for Nakuru senator, appealed for a calm nomination process, saying the county was bigger than any individual.

In her job at the brewery, she had won multiple accolades and was ready to serve the county in an oversight capacity