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Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 17:02 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Jubilee Party's grassroots elections in Nakuru County were rocked by chaos after members failed to agree on the formula to be used in electing the party county interim officials. The party officials from Nairobi were forced to shift the venue for the elections from a Nakuru hotel to the party county offices after members became rowdy and uncontrollable. Some members preferred the secret balloting system while others were rooting for the consensus way.
The party's national secretary general Veronica Maina was forced to preside over the election process after members present rejected a move by sitting members of parliament from Nakuru to conduct the exercise. When things got out of hand, Mrs Maina was forced to use the consensus way where each of the eleven constituencies in Nakuru had to forward one name of an individual they wanted to serve as a Jubilee official.
After the consensus, former Nakuru Town Member of Parliament David Manyara was elected the county chairman amid protests from a section of members who felt shortchanged. Mr James Karimi who was contesting for the party chairmanship accused Mrs Maina of "shortchanging the people of Nakuru by singlehandedly picking on Manyara as the county chairman".
There was more drama when some members were locked out of the voting venue with only Jubilee Party registered political aspirants being allowed in to participate in the polls. Police were forced to lobby teargas to disperse rowdy crowds who had gathered outside the party offices and who were trying to force their way into the voting venue.
Mrs Maina and other party officials from the national office hurriedly left the venue without addressing the media after announcing Mr Manyara as the elected county chairman. The election was part of the party’s fulfillment of the Registrar of Political Parties’ requirements that a political party must have both national and grassroots officials before being allowed to participate in general elections.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County