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Chaos, Rigging Claims Mar UDA Nominations


United Democratic Alliance nominations exercise have been married by claims of rigging and missing aspirants names on the ballot papers.

Nomination exercise in various polling stations across Nairobi had to be halted for quite some time.

In Mlango Kubwa Ward, Mathare constituency, angry voters broke ballot boxes and tore ballot papers after it emerged that one aspirant’s name was missing on the ballot papers.

“The nomination process was not smooth because you have to wait for a long time in the queues for people to confirm if they are in the list. I am in the list but it is not fair because people have left their work to come and choose their leaders,” Fabish a voter.

“This IEBC officials came late and the nominations process started late. The other thing is that we are being told to use the 2017 the question is how are need voters supposed to vote and the names are not even arranged in order,” Said Vishente another voter.

Dandora 1 aspirant Joseph Maina accused UDA party officials for conspiring to bring a different candidate to the area.

“We had a problem in the morning we found out that we are six aspirants instead of the usual five aspirants who attended all the UDA meetings. When we called the headquarters we were told that he had paid the nomination money but we have never seen his posters. We smell consipiracy because even small groups are being called aside and given money ,” said Maina.

Police were then forced to lob teargas cannisters in their desperate bid to restore order

Agitated voters who had been queuing since 5 am threatened to storm the polling station after being kept waiting for quite some time.

In Roysambu Primary, Roysambu Constituency, residents residents accused the presiding officers of stuffing ballot boxes in favour of a specific candidate.

The exercise had to be halted and aspirants locked in a room as deliberations continued.