United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has cancelled nominations for Kamkunji, Embakasi East and Starehe Constituencies in Nairobi and instead initiated opinion polls to settle on suitable candidates.The party has also stopped its planned joint nominations with Amani National Alliance (ANC), an affiliate party in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, in Dagoretti North and Mathare
In the two constituencies, the parties have agreed on using opinion polls to identify candidates, according to UDA National Elections Board (NEB).
“Deputy President has talked to most of those people who lost and next week we are planning to meet all the aspirants who participated in our elections to map out the way forward,” said Mr Mwaura.
UDA chairperson Johnston Muthama said: “We have agreed that we clear all the issues of nominations then we have a meeting with all the UDA winners and losers in the primaries.”
In the case where UDA and ANC were to hold joint nominations, Mr Mwaura says that both party leaders have struck a deal for the aspirants to go opinion poll way.
“They are going to sign commitments that they are going to honour the opinion polls so whoever will top, will be supported by all the others,” he said.
Before UDA kicked off its primaries, there was division pertaining to whether the party should hire a pollster who will conduct research that will help in determining popular candidate especially in areas where competition might be very stiff.