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MP Gakuya supporters protest cancellation of UDA Nairobi polls

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Supporters of Embakasi North MP James Gakuya Saturday staged protests over the cancellation of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party Nairobi grassroots elections.

The UDA delegates stormed the party’s headquarters along Ngong Road to express their displeasure over the last-minute move by the Party. The legislator is vying for the post with Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja.

This is the third time the hotly contested poll which had been scheduled for June 22 at the Bomas of Kenya is being cancelled.

340 delegates were to participate in the poll.

“Due to unavoidable circumstances, the County-level election for Nairobi County will not take place as planned,” reads a statement issued by the party’s national elections board chairperson Anthony Mwaura.

Mwaura did not, however, provide reasons for the cancellation of the poll.

“We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding,” he said.

However, some of the officials who spoke to the press said the exercise was called off following a court order obtained by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT).

The representatives who appealed for patience assured the hotly contested grassroot poll will be held in a week noting that their lawyers were doing everything possible to sort the issue which they kept under wraps.

Source: Aziz Abdi

 

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