Kiambu Courts: Six aspirants for the member of county assembly’s seat in Kiambu town have expressed concern at the ongoing Jubilee party elections; citing irregularities which they said marred the exercise.
Paul Waithaka, Kennedy Njenga, Hezron Gachui, James Njoroge, Kimani Kanyingi and Kamau Ngamau described the exercise as a sham out to favour the incumbent.
Speaking to KNA at the Kiambu law courts where they had sought advice from their lawyer Mr. Ng’ang’a Kimani, the aspirants said the President had assured them of a free and fair party election but that was not being seen on the ground.
They expressed disappointment at the way events had unfolded since morning. Paul Waithaka said people woke up at 5.00 a.m. but as late as 10.00 there was no activity in some polling centers forcing most of the prospective voters to abandon the exercise.
He said confusion emanated from the centre where the ballot boxes and other election materials were being distributed at the Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology.
The aspirant noted that 40 per cent of the people at the centres could not find their names in the register and yet they had been voting at the respective centers since time immemorial.
He said the officials at the centre were slow in the distribution of the election materials which delayed the exercise from staring on the scheduled time of 6.00a.m.
Kennedy Njenga said it was wrong to keep people waiting on the long queues as they had to attend to their social economic activities so as to fend for their families.
He said at Gichocho polling centre, the personal assistant of the incumbent Mr. James Njenga had been spotted working as an official while the manager of Kumisa SACCO was the returning officer at Gichocho center.
The aspirant said the scenario was shocking and unfair as the people may not elect their preferred candidates.
At the law courts, the aspirants mobbed Officer Commanding Kiambu police station Chief Inspector Sebastian Lekupe who had just testified in a bhang case pleading for his intervention.
The OCS however advised the aspirants to channel their grievances to their party headquarters the way those in Busia County did when results for the gubernatorial seat were contested.
On the other hand, their lawyer advised them to go back to the polling centres and gather evidence to support their grievances. He told them that to rush to the court was premature as the exercise was ongoing and any anomaly could be corrected within the remaining period.
A spot-check by KNA revealed tight security at the polling centers which guaranteed the voters of their safety.