UDA nominations materials burnt in Embu County as locals decry rigging claims
The nominations of the United Democratic Alliance in Embu county are in jeopardy after a lorry delivering voting materials was attacked.
As rigging suspicions surfaced hours before the primaries, vote boxes and papers were burned in a viral video uploaded on social media.
This comes as a number of candidates have threatened to leave the party and run as independent candidates if the party does not hold a free and fair nomination process.
The UDA members and hopefuls have been promised by Deputy President William Ruto that the primaries will be free and fair.
Let us be at peace. “There will be nominations that are free, fair, and democratic,” Ruto stated.
The UDA national elections board declared on Wednesday that it was ready for the party’s primaries.
NEC chairman Antony Mwaura said on Wednesday that all election materials including ballot boxes and papers have already arrived at the polling stations ahead of the exercise.
Only the eight million registered UDA members will be able to vote in the exercise, which will take place in 36 counties across the country.
However, primaries in the Nandi Hill, Narok South, and Nakuru town west seats have been postponed till April 19.
UDA nominations materials burnt
Nominations in Nandi Hills have been halted following the death of an aspirant in a traffic accident.
In Narok South and Nakuru Town West primaries have been pushed because of a mixup in ballot papers.
Nominations for governors will take place in 13 counties, those of Senators will be conducted in 18 counties will while rep polls will be conducted in 28 counties across the country.