Through his social media page on Sunday, October 24, President Uhuru’s MP said that the entire process would be done through Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) mobile technology.
“Chama Cha Kazi is the only party that committed that their nominations for MCAs, MPs, Women Reps, Senators, Governors, and President will be conducted electronically via USSD mobile technology and the results streamed real-time and online throughout the country,” Kuria said through his Facebook page.
The vocal legislator said the move to conduct electronic nominations would not only save time but would also enhance free and fair party primaries making it the first political party in Kenyan history to conduct digital voting.
“Free and fair nominations without digital(technology) voting is a con game,” Moses Kuria added.
While exuding confidence that the plan would yield good results, Kuria said there are more than 25 million registered Mpesa users who use their various mobile banking services with ease.
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“Kenya has 21 million registered voters and 25 million MPESA (Safaricom mobile money transfer service) users. Nobody has ever complained that the 25 Million MPESA users are too old or illiterate to transact. So no one should claim that the 21 Million registered voters are too old or illiterate to vote electronically,” he said.
This comes barely a week after the CCK party announced that it will restrict aspiring Members of County Assembly (MCA) nominations to Kenyans aged 45 years and below.
“Bad news if you are over 45 years and seeking to vie for MCA position. Chama Cha Kazi will not nominate anyone above 45 years to vie for the MCA position. Let’s walk the talk,” Kuria said.