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Polls team to meet parties over chaotic primaries

The chairman of the electoral commission has called an urgent meeting with senior officials of all political parties today to discuss the conduct of nominations that have largely been marred by violence, bribery, among other malpractices.

Mr Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, sent out a notice to those who chair national election boards of all political parties, inviting them for a meeting at the commission’s offices at Anniversary Towers at 10am.

Party secretary-generals are also invited to the meeting that is viewed as a move by the commission to caution political parties against malpractice, which can lead to nullification of elections.

“The agenda of the meeting shall include the enforcement of the electoral code of conduct and the party primaries,” reads part of a press release dispatched Saturday.

In the press release, Mr Chebukati sent a cautionary message to party patrons.

“The commission urges all political parties involved in party primaries to do so in a peaceful, transparent and credible manner,” Mr Chebukati said.

The commission’s move comes in the wake of ugly scenes witnessed in different parts of the country, all related to heated political contests.

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