UDA assures aspirants of unique security features on ballot papers to curb malpractices during nominations
It will be difficult for anyone to forge or photocopy the ballot papers for use in the party primaries, Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has said.
The party’s secretary general Veronica Maina said that to guarantee all aspirants of a fair exercise; they have introduced new security features which include serialization and use of their images on the materials.
Maina, who addressed the press after an aspirants’ meeting in Bomet, stated that the challenges and malpractices which have for a long time affected parties when conducting primaries have all been addressed.
The consultative forum was organized by the outfit's National Elections Board which is on a nationwide tour meeting aspirants in various counties.
“We are aware of the hitches which have for a long time affected parties when holding nominations and as UDA we have addressed it, we planned well for the exercise and so there is no need for anyone to get worried,” she said.
She further stated that they have made necessary steps to have adequate ballot papers printed as per the number of members and contestants in each of the counties.
Present during the meeting were the board’s chair Anthony Mwaura and other NEB members.
Mwaura on his part, sought to assure the aspirants that there was no favourite candidate for any seat noting that it will be transparent.
“No one should lie to you that they have been awarded tickets, it is the members that will decide on who they want for a particular seat on that day of the nomination,” he said.
He added, “UDA is different from other parties on the manner in which we do our things, we stick to our rules and procedures and we have all agreed with the aspirants on how we are going to manage our nominations.”