UDA Nominations; Wilson Sossion Calls For Postponement Of UDA Primaries In Bomet Over Rigging Claims.
Former KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion, who is running for Bomet Senator on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket wants the region’s party primaries canceled.
Mr. Sossion questioned the integrity of the process amid rigging claims at Tenwek High School.
He said they had been able to access unsecure ballot boxes and marked ballot papers at Tenwek, raising concerns over the credibility of the party primaries.
“This sad event occurred at midnight and I reported to the Silipwet police station, and I confirm that police were able to impound ballot papers and ballot papers that were being transported to an unknown and unsecure destination,” Sossion said.
“Indeed, there have been many reports of insecure ballot papers, and when we got here, to Tenwek, it was very unfortunate; even the ballot papers and boxes were not secure at all, we were able to access papers that were marked,” Sossion said.
Speaking to the media early Thursday, Sossion said the marked ballots were discovered in some polling stations, and police from Silibwet impounded some of the ballot boxes that were being transported to an unknown location.
He and other leaders accused the Chief Returning Officer of directing an opaque process.
“The POs had the ballot papers in their houses,” said Agnes Ng’eno, an aspiring MP in the Bomet Central constituency, “and right now the returning officer is telling us that those were not genuine papers.”
Wilson Sossion said the ballot papers have been marked in favor of a particular candidate and there’s a defined lineup and team within this arrangement.
He called for the suspension of the UDA Nominations for a few hours or a day to ensure the process is credible
The developments come amid an assurance from UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina that the exercise which is being conducted across 36 counties will be free and fair.