Jubilee Party extends deadline for accepting nominees, to unveil elections board Monday

Tuju told journalists that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will unveil the Board on Monday.

Jubilee Party Head of Secretariat Raphael Tuju told a news conference Friday evening that the extension is aimed at netting last minute defections.

He said the most important mission of the Jubilee Party is to bring all Kenyans together to grow as a nation.

“The postponement of accepting the nomination papers has also been done so as to give a chance to so many current leaders in different parties who have decided to come and join Jubilee Party. We are very delighted by this; we are very grateful because this is a vote of confidence in the party,” Tuju stated.

“We have quite a few politicians who have joined us as Jubilee from the Opposition and we welcome them all to Jubilee Party,” he added

All political parties have until March 19 to submit their nominee lists to the polls team Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

According to the recently released timelines by the poll agency, political parties will have to submit the names of candidates for party primaries to the IEBC from March 26 to April 5.

The Commission will gazette the names of the candidates and the dates of the party primaries between March 30 and April 12.

Nominations deadline

Political parties have between April 13 and April 26 to conduct their nominations and should any disputes arise from the nominations, parties will have a 30-day window to resolve them.

At the same time, Tuju announced that Protus Kwoka Wanyonyi has been appointed to head the Jubilee Party National Elections Board (NEB).

Tuju told journalists that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will unveil the rest of the Board on Monday.

“Kwoka Wanyonyi has been appointed as the Chair of the National Elections Board and his appointment has been confirmed by the National Executive Committee which was also attended by the Party Leader and the Deputy Party Leader,” the party’s Head of Secretariat announced.

The extension of dates by the Jubilee Party comes even as the party is crippling with a court case filed by activist Okiya Omtatah and former Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga accusing the party of unfair treatment for the party refused to take the latter’s nomination papers citing integrity issues.

Omtatah sued the party and two others for demanding clearance from EACC, KRA, HELB and a credit reference bureau, arguing that the requirements contravene article 24 of the constitution.

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