Many hope­fuls want DP ticket, says of­fi­cial

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

DP has started reg­is­ter­ing hope­fuls eye­ing po­lit­i­cal seats in next year’s elec­tion. Na­tional chair­man Esau Kioni (pic­tured) yes­ter­day said can­di­dates have started throng­ing party head­quar­ters to reg­is­ter for life mem­ber­ship, es­pe­cially af­ter they were dis­ap­pointed by the list of those named in the Ju­bilee Party cam­paign team. “My phone is jammed with calls. As­pi­rants have been en­quir­ing about the party ticket since last week. They have to reg­is­ter as life mem­bers first,” he said. Kioni said they de­cided against dis­solv­ing the party and merg­ing with JP. He said, how­ever, DP will sup­port Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion. Kioni said most of the as­pi­rants are from the Mt Kenya, Rift Val­ley and Nairobi. He said the party has re­ceived re­quests for gover­nor, MP and MCA tick­ets. “Those who know the party are rush­ing now. They don’t want to rush when it’s too late. We ex­pect more to reg­is­ter as we get close to the elec­tions,” Kioni said. “Those think­ing they will ben­e­fit af­ter the party hop­ping dead­line might lose it, as we shall block them should they come at the last minute,” Kioni said. He urged those sup­port­ing Uhuru to go out to other re­gions to cam­paign for him, in­stead of fo­cus­ing on Mt Kenya, which is solidly be­hind the Pres­i­dent. Kioni urged them to use their re­sources to pop­u­larise Uhuru’s re­elec­tion bid. DP was formed in the run-up to the 1992 gen­eral elec­tion. Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mwai Kibaki ran for elec­tion on its ticket in 1992 and 1997, and in 2002 the party joined oth­ers un­der the Na­tional Rain­bow Coali­tion to re­move long-rul­ing Kanu from power.

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