Following the anticipated party primaries scheduled for Friday next week, Jubilee party issued a stern warning to its political aspirants on how to abide by the party’s rules while participating in the elections.
The party said to its aspirants that it is willing to sacrifice its loyal lieutenants for the sake of internal democracy as it seeks to stump out chaos seen in other parties.
Jubilee will be holding its primaries next Friday in 33 counties with more than 8,000 aspirants seeking various posts, from governors to county assembly members.
Jubilee party officials admitted they had a “mammoth exercise” in conducting nominations in one day, but warned that aspirants will neither be favoured nor be allowed to compete if violent.
“We want to differentiate ourselves from the historically chaotic nominations that we have had in this country,” said National Elections Board Chairman Andrew Musangi who also added that it has hired about 60,000 polling officials for the primaries.
The party’s officials said violent aspirants and those keen on jumping ship once they lose in the primaries will be prevented from getting cleared by the electoral commission.
“Anybody who is here because they see bright red colours and his excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President and then they say I am ready to jump later but I will still support the President, then they are not being honest,” Mr Musangi said, adding that the party is fighting how to keep itself together after the primaries.
“The rule of the thumb is someone has to win because there cannot be a tie. If there is a tie, then we have to repeat the elections.
“But as a party, we understand there can be people who will be unhappy with the outcome and we have to go back and rally the bases,” Secretary-General Raphael Tuju argued.
One other issue of major concern to the Jubilee party is the violence within the party members. To this, Tuju stated that any member who the party received evidence of any act of “Men-in-Black on us” will be disqualified.
Also, any one disqualified by the electoral commission will not be allowed to run as an independent.
“It is in your interest as an aspirant that you don’t visit violence on us because we will have agents in all polling stations and we will use footage from media houses,” Tuju quickly continued.
Jubilee, however, noted that it is working out plans that will ensure “no party member is disenfranchised by the primaries” but its aspirants in Murang’a, Nairobi and other parts have been violent.