Nominations in Murang’a County failed to kick off at 6am as planned due to what Jubilee Party officials termed as logistical hitches.
By 8.30am, ballot papers and boxes had not yet reached majority of polling stations subjecting voters to anxiety and tension. At Kiharu constituency, one of the party officials Caroline Wangari said transporters have demanded to be paid before transporting the voting materials.
Wangari said the transporters are also demanding more money than it was earlier planned, saying the party officials are working to solve the hitch.
Jubilee Party Murang’a County Secretary General Irungu Mwaniki, however said voting in some polling stations in Murang’a south started after 8am.
He however noted that drivers who were supposed to transport the voting materials from Murang’a Teachers Training College to constituencies, including Kiharu, Gatanga, Kigumo, Kandara and Mathioya have refused to do so, demanding to be paid first.
The drivers, he said also fear a replica of what happened in 2013 during The National Alliance (TNA) party nominations when they went for several days without being paid.
By 9am, transportation of voting materials kicked off, with Mwaniki promising that all challenges will be sorted out to give people a chance of nominating their favorite leaders.
Meanwhile, Murang’a county police commander Ms Naomi Ichami said police officers have been deployed to various polling stations ready to man the exercise.
“The ballot papers and boxes are in the constituency level and the report I am getting is that they have not been released to the polling stations,” said Ichami.