ASPIRANTS SUMMONED

PAA primaries in Kilifi halted after chaos

In Mnarani, an aspirant took off with ballot boxes; in Ganze, voting was stopped after chaos erupted.

In Summary

• Zacharia Kenga, an agent at the Mavueni Primary School polling station, said a youth came with one of the aspirants and told him that there will be no voting.

• All aspirants have been summoned by PAA officials in Kilifi over the matter.

Pamoja African Alliance party nominations in Mnarani and Ganze wards, Kilifi, on Tuesday were stopped indefinitely over chaos.

In Mnarani, an aspirant took off with ballot boxes at Mavueni primary and Mnarani primary polling stations.

The incident occurred while party members were planning to protest against missing names on the party register.

Zacharia Kenga, an agent at the Mavueni Primary School polling station, said a youth came with one of the aspirants and told him that there will be no voting.

Kenga said the aspirant engaged police officers manning the polling station in a discussion before the youth picked the ballot box and dashed into a waiting vehicle that took off immediately.

"The whole thing was well planned. If they did not want the primaries to take place they should have told us. This is unacceptable and we will make sure their aspirant does not win this seat," he said.

Gladys Mweni, a party member whose name was missing from the register at Mnarani Primary School, claimed there were plans to rig the nominations.

“I woke up early and came here with my membership card and identity card. They searched for my name, but it was not in the register yet I had registered,” she said.

“The party had stuck a list of party members on the walls of the polling station, but over 75 per cent of the names are not from Mnarani ward. This is a clear indication that they want to rig this election.”

“There are youths who have been sent to disrupt the voting. We are ready to do anything to liberate Mnarani,” MCA aspirant Katama Chilumo said.

“If justice will not be served, then we will take a different political course. Let Governor Amason Kingi intervene and address the matter, or we move to another party.”

Davis Mayole said aspirants had prepared well for the primaries and it came as a shocker when the exercise was disrupted.

Mayole said since Sunday he has been searching for his name on the party list without success.

"I decided to come here early to resolve the issue but my name was not on the party register," he said

In Ganze, the voting was stopped after chaos erupted.

This is after supporters of Edward Kingi questioned why their names were not on the register.

Kingi had on Monday threatened to boycott the primaries after rigging claims, but later decided to take part.

His supporters and those of Edward Shena exchanged blows before the exercise was stopped.

All aspirants have been summoned by PAA officials in Kilifi over the matter.

Edited by A.N

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