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Logistical hitches as Jubilee Party nominations start 

members of public turn up for nominations in Nyeri

Voting material being offloaded in nyeri

Voting material being offloaded in nyeri

Logistical hitches hit the start of the Jubilee Party nominations in Nyeri County causing a three hour delay and a boycott in at least one polling station.

About 500 voters refused to vote at Magutu Primary Shool polling station because the nomination officials did not have enough ballot box covers and seals.

Their attempt to improvise box covers with manilla paper were thwarted by an aspirant for the Mathira Parliamentary Seat Ms Phyllis Christabel Wambura Maranga, who said they could not vote until JP had rectified the mistakes.

Ms Maranga, who was to cast her ballot there, said they had trusted the party to conduct peaceful nominations.

At Sagana Primary School, also in Mathira, another aspirant Mr Rigathi Gachagua expressed disappointment that the polling station with 1,700 registered voters had only been provided with 700 ballot papers and said a huge percentage of area voters were likely to be disenfranchised.

A resident, Ms Loise Wangui said the delay was a disappointment since some of them who had been at the polling station from as early as 5.30am, had to leave without voting because they had to report to work at eight.

At Magutu, 80-year old James Warari said they were being denied their right because they could not trust the system.

By Steve Gatheru

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