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Uhuru: We were overwhelmed by huge voter turnout

President Uhuru Kenyatta has admitted that the Jubilee Party was not well prepared for its nominations on Friday which turned out to be chaotic.

The nominations for the ruling party took off to a shambolic start amid long delays and claims of inadequate ballot materials in most of the 21 counties which had been scheduled to carry out the first phase of the exercise.

Anxiety, confusion, chaos, and undue delays characterized the exercise across all the counties with voters and aspirants alike expressing their anger at what they termed as disorganised preparations by the party’s secretariat and national elections board.

Speaking during a press conference at State House on Saturday afternoon, President Kenyatta acknowledged that a shortage of voting material also contributed to the chaotic nature of the exercise.

‘UNDER PREPARED’

“It’s not that we were unprepared. It’s that we were under prepared for the sheer scale of the turnout we saw,” said President Kenyatta.

The president however steered clear of apportioning blame to anyone while reiterating that the Jubilee leadership does not favour anyone for any political seat.

“I’m proud to be leader of a party that can have this kind of a turnout,” he added.

He further said that his party was not interested in what the opposition was doing and he urged them to run their own affairs.