Deputy President William Ruto has said that he will personally supervise the United Democratic Alliance party primaries.
Speaking at his Karen residence on Monday, the second in command assured aspirants that the nominations will be free and fair.
“I want to assure all candidates across the country that we have the necessary experience and knowledge to run a credible nomination and we know the importance of that exercise. And as I told our members I will personally supervise to ensure that exercise is above board and every member gets an opportunity to be voted for to win or not win fairly,” Ruto said.
“I want to assure our members that there will be free and fair nominations starting Thursday next week. Necessary arrangements have been made and I have personally been supervising that exercise the last two days,” he added.
The Deputy President said they have already printed close to 30 million ballots and are concluding the remaining 15 million.
He said UDA will be ready by the weekend to run their primaries.
Ruto spoke as he announced that ANC governor candidate for Kisii, Charles Matoke had stepped down for UDA’s Ezekiel Machogu.
He also announced that Joel Nyambane had stepped down for Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi who will now vie for the county’s senate seat.
According to ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, the moev is to help the Kenya Kwanza Alliance secure assured wins in the coming polls.
Last week, UDA National Elections Board announced that it will hold its nomination on the same day, across the country.
The nominations are set for April 14.