May 28, 2022

UDA Nominations in Murang’a Marred by Low Turnout

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Low turnout was witnessed in many polling stations within Murang’a County during United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party primaries.

A spot check revealed that a handful of residents came out on Thursday morning to participate in the exercise.

In some stations, the exercise commenced late due to rains that were experienced in many parts of the county.

Some agents hoped for a big turnout before the end of the exercise citing low turnout to have been due to rains during morning hours.

A section of residents who arrived at the stations complained that their names were missing in the register calling for party officials to intervene and ensure all those who came out participated in the exercise.

Those affected argued that the list being used from the IEBC is not updated as many of those registered as voters last year missed in the registry.

Alice Wangui, who arrived at Mukuyu social hall to cast her vote, was shocked after her name was missing from the register.

Wangui said she registered last year when the IEBC did mass registration wondering why the party officials opted to use a register which is not updated.

“I will just go back and continue with my daily activities. I hope during the general elections my name will be in the register,” she prayed.

UDA was conducting primaries for members of parliament in three constituencies namely Kigumo, Mathioya and Kangema.

In Mathioya, four candidates, Stephen Macharia, Antony Maina, Gachau Mbuthia and Edwin Kimani were battling for the UDA ticket.

Two candidates; Johnson Mukuha and Peter Kihugu participated in the nomination for Kangema constituency while in Kigumo Jospeh Munyoro and Eric Kamande sought the ticket.

The party is also conducting nominations for MCAs in all the 35 wards and three candidates including Betty Maina, Rebecca Waruguru and Lucy Ngugi are battling for women representative ticket.

No incidences of violence was reported in all the polling stations with the residents calling for a peaceful exercise even after announcing the results.

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