Grossly Manipulated Nominations Process Rocks UDA & ODM Political Parties

Chaos erupted in in Embu where ballot papers were burnet

What the voter witnessed was a far cry from what would otherwise be expected of the two giant political parties. The planners failed to maintain high standards as required of them in any free and fair democratic process, instead, the process was routinely exposed to the barbaric and archaic political manipulations that have plagued this country for decades

By The Weekly Vision Online

Party nominations for various elective positions in Kenya’s two top political parties, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) came under microscopic scrutiny from start to finish with the whole process leaving a lot to be desired.

What the voter witnessed was a far cry from what would otherwise be expected of the two giant political parties. The planners failed to maintain high standards as required of them in any free and fair democratic process, instead, the process was routinely exposed to the barbaric and archaic political manipulations that have plagued this country for decades.

The processes in the said regions were dominated by high drama, violence, confusion, manipulation, open voter bribery, delays and claims of rigging.  Other affected regions were in western Kenya, particularly in Kisii and Nyamira counties

A far cry from the free and fair democratic process in which voters exercise their democratic and constitutional rights to pick their preferred choices in a peaceful, organized, secure and above all disciplined atmosphere. The worst of the whole mess was witnessed in the UDA primaries where the worst-hit areas are those regions that are perceived to be Ruto’s strongholds in the Rift Valley and Mt. Kenya.

The processes in the said regions were dominated by high drama, violence, confusion, manipulation, open voter bribery, delays and claims of rigging.  Other affected regions were in western Kenya, particularly in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

In many places, party officials were forced to postpone or cancel the exercise altogether, others places were faced with delays in delivery of ballot materials to the polling centres, some arriving as late as after mid-day in a process that was supposed to start and six in the morning and end at six in the evening forcing the voters to queue into the night.

In the Rift Valley, DP Ruto’s home ground and his stronghold, some of the voters and aspirants in Bomet, Narok, Nakuru and Kericho counties complained of irregularities, forcing party officials to postpone or cancel the exercise – thus disenfranchising the voters’ democratic and constitutional rights. In Bomet there were claims of pre-marked ballot papers rocking the primaries, even though the process went on soon after, with some aspirants calling for a review of the polling stations where marked ballots were alleged to have been found.

 ODM party appears to have weathered the storm after their Electoral Board decided to go electronic in the nominations process without using the easily compromised ballot papers and boxes.

The party faced mostly technical challenges, then there was the question of direct nomination certificates being issued to perceived popular aspirants in certain areas, in the process denying voters to execute their democratic right to vote.

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