UDA slashes nomination fee for special interest groups

Deputy President William Ruto. [ Courtesy]

Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has announced a 50 per cent waiver on nomination fee for women and youth, ahead of the August 9 polls.

While addressing the press at Naivasha, Nakuru County, the party’s National Elections Board (NEB) Chair Antony Mwaura dismissed claims that the party had preferred candidates for some posts.

“The board announces a 50 per cent nomination fee waiver for women, youth aspirants as well as people living with disabilities,” Mwaura said.

Mwaura also explained that People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) who are seeking elective seats on a UDA ticket will be not be required to pay the nomination fees

The party also disclosed that it would conduct its party primaries in April, once the board is officially inaugurated.

“As a party, we promise to abide by the newly amended political parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021,” he added.

By November last year, more than 3,500 aspirants had shown interest in vying on a UDA party.

“We have more aspirants coming into our party as we draw closer to the polls because it’s the most popular and no one wants to be left out," UDA regional coordinator Paul Kiprop said.