No direct tickets, ignore social media — Rutto's CCM

Some aspirants fear direct tickets will be decided secretly and they will denied a fair chance to compete.

In Summary

The reports of direct tickets, which spread on the social media, aRe aimed at creating anxiety and prompt defections, the party said.

• Under certain circumstances, the party will issue direct tickets through consensus, as outlined in the party's election rules, party officials said.


CCM secretary general Albert Kochei and party leader Isaac Rutto during a past press conference in Bomet town.
NO DIRECT TICKETS: CCM secretary general Albert Kochei and party leader Isaac Rutto during a past press conference in Bomet town.

Chama Cha Mashinani has dismissed as "baseless" claims it has already issued direct nomination certificates to preferred individuals primarily in Bomet.

The aim is to cause mischief and confusion, giving the impression it has locked lock out other aspirants in particular areas ahead of primaries, CCM said.

The reports, which have been widely spread on social media, are intended to create anxiety, doubt and defections,the party said.

The party's NEB chairman Francis Tonui did not deny it will issue direct certificates to some aspirants, as provided  in the party's election rules. But he called the social media accounts "baseless". 

“Direct nominations can be issued because it is allowed in our party’s code of elections," Tonui said.

"This may happen through consensus. But at the moment we are yet to arrive at that because we have not even conducted the exercise. So let us ignore these falsehoods."

Party nominations will be on April 19.

Tonui urged anyone with proof of the allegations to provide evidence to the public, saying the party's nominations would be fair, verifiable and transparent.

Albert Kochei, who is CCM secretary general, said they respect the will of the people, hence, they cannot allow the process to be muddied by such falsehoods.

They ruin the image of the party, he said, adding that aspirants are required to conduct themselves in a manner that represents the party's face.

CCM has 212 aspirants countrywide, he said.

Kochei said the elections team already has engaged a reputable firm to print the election materials bearing security features that will be difficult to forge.

He emphasised the presidential candidate was Deputy President William Ruto under the Kenya Kwanza alliance.

(Edited by V. Graham)

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