President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party has been forced to make major changes following numerous defections from the ruling coalition by members to ODM, KANU and other parties.
In a bid to curb the defections and assure aspirants of fairness during the nominations, Head of Jubilee Secretariat, Rapahel Tuju, on Friday announced that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would train its clerks, presiding and returning officers.
Tuju stated that the party will also use the electoral body’s ballot boxes adding that IEBC will provide the framework to ensure nothing is tampered with.
To assure transparency in all constituencies, he announced that the party will reshuffle officials in charge of the nominations in constituencies where aspirants fear there would be favoritism.
“If they are local people and have specific candidates, we can reshuffle them so that there is less contamination of the process by people with vested interests,” Mr Tuju stated.
The former Rarieda MP added that they had also extended the submission of nomination papers by five days to give every aspirant a chance and to ensure no one is locked out.
The party believes that measures put in place will stop the rampant defection witnessed across the country.