Jubilee will not negotiate ballot papers printing, warns DP Ruto

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto address supporters at a past rally. [Photo: PSCU]

The Jubilee Party has warned that it will not sit in any meeting to decide who supplies presidential ballot papers for the August 8 polls.

The announcement was made by Deputy President and Deputy Party leader William Ruto, in company of President Uhuru Kenyatta, during their campaign tour of Narok County.

They were citing the presidential candidates meeting convened by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Monday, over sourcing of the papers, after the High Court cancelled a tender awarded to the Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC, filed by the Opposition’s Nasa.

The two leaders said all that Jubilee wanted was nothing short of Kenyans going to the polls on August 8, warning the IEBC against being drawn into a conspiracy to deny Kenyans their right to vote.

Speaking at Ol Mekenyu, Ruto said the role of choosing who prints ballot papers strictly belongs to the IEBC, and not any other body or person.

On his part, Kenyatta warned the opposition against threatening Kenyans with violence and to also know that it is voters who will chose the outcome of the election.

The Deputy President said shady businessmen close to the opposition have reportedly written to IEBC asking to be given the contract to print ballot papers.

“We will not sit in any meeting on tenders because we do not have a printing press of our own or ‘tenderprenueurs’. The tenderpreneurs who wrote the NASA manifesto have now written to the IEBC to be given the tender for ballot papers,” said the Ruto.

He urged the Courts to avoid being misused by the opposition to scuttle the election process.

The DP said the many cases that the opposition had lined up in the courts were designed to deny Kenyans their fundamental rights to vote as provided for in the Constitution.

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