The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that it had stopped voter registration exercises and would now on compilation of voters’ list and verification of voters details.
Speaking on Thursday, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said that they had also stopped the continuous voter registration, ignoring calls by political leaders for the extension of the exercise until May 17, 2017 as per High Court Judge Enock Chacha’s directive.
IEBC to compile voter lists
The commission said it will now channel its efforts in sifting through the names and rectifying duplicate and double registrations.
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, however, said that the court case filed by the Opposition coalition CORD (now NASA), has prevented them from carrying out an audit of the voter register.
Following the application by the Opposition, the court stopped KPMG, an audit firm contracted by IEBC to audit the voter register, from commencing work pending the determination of the case.
KPMG audit firm
CORD had opposed IEBC’s decision to contract KPMG to audit the voter register saying they are inexperienced in executing the duty.
“We need an international recognized firm which has experience in the auditing of voter registration to handle the process in Kenya. KPMG is not qualified to do so,” said Raila Odinga in a past presser.
IEBC failed to meet its target of registering 6 million voters in the last mass voter registration exercise which ended on February 19, only managing a little over 3 million new voters.
The registration exercise faced numerous challenges included cases of failed BVR kits, double registrations and mix ups in Identification cards.
Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are among the voters who complained that their ID cards had been used to register other people.
IEBC records showed Kalonzo Musyoka’s ID number as identical to Salome Wanjiru, who is a voter registered at Mukurwe Primary School in Mangu Ward, Gatundu North constituency, Kiambu County.
“When I texted my ID number to the IEBC code, I was shocked to see the details were of a different person, meaning someone has an ID number that is similar to mine, which is unfathomable,” Kalonzo Musyoka told reporters.
IEB announced later that it had resolved the issues.
The Opposition leaders stated that the mishap is a pointer at how Jubilee was planning to rig the elections further claiming that there was a scheme to have dead voters cast their ballot in the 2017 elections, like they allegedly did in 2013.
Jubilee however denied the allegations.