Kenya – Jubilee Urged to Abandon Smart Card in Nominations

By | March 29, 2017

Aspirants from Embu County have called on the Jubilee Party to discard the use of the recently launched party smart card and instead allow members to use the national ID cards during the nominations.

According to Manyatta Parliamentary seat aspirant, Justus Mugo Kinyua, this will give supporters an opportunity to participate in the process adding that the card will lock out many of them since most of them do not either have the cards or have not activated them.

Mugo further noted that with the establishment of the Election Boards within the county, the party will ensure free and fair nominations echoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sentiments on the transparency of party primaries.

In January, Jubilee Party launched a smart card that was to be used during the party nominations countrywide.

According to the party’s Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, each card, has a bar code for identification and the officers in charge of nominations will use bar code readers to conduct the exercise.

The party also said that it has made the card affordable to members with the one-off fee being capped at Ksh 20.

Once the bar code has been scanned, it will be input into the system to ensure that each member votes only once.

Source: Citizen Digital