An unprecedented mix-up in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) system could prevent CORD co-principal and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka from voting in the August 2017 elections.
IEBC records shows Kalonzo Musyoka’s ID number is identical to Salome Wanjiru, who is a voter registered at Mukurwe Primary School in Mangu Ward, Gatundu North constituency, Kiambu County.
Speaking during Wiper’s voter registration drive in Wajir on Wednesday, Kalonzo made reference to the incidence saying is shows there is need to clean up the IEBC voter register.
“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.
The Wiper leader linked the mix-up to a supposed scheme by IEBC to rig the August elections in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He noted that by mixing up people’s details, IEBC would allow select individuals to vote while locking out genuinely registered voters.
Kalonzo was accompanied by his co-principal and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdulahi on the tour.
Meanwhile, CORD leader Raila Odinga had called on Opposition supporters to register in large numbers and vote in the August elections.
Raila said that taking part in the elections is the only way that Kenyans can get Jubilee out of power claiming that he has a plan to prevent rigging.
“We should adopt a system used in Ghana where well-wishers sponsor party supporters to guard polling stations until the votes are counted and results announced to prevent rigging. This is called Adopt a Polling Station system,” Raila said in his address in Kisumu.
The ODM leader said that the Opposition is keen on sealing all loopholes that would allow Jubilee to rig the elections; including ensuring their supporters register in large numbers and turn out to vote.
The Raila camp received a boost on Tuesday after former TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo, once perceived to be a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, defected from Jubilee to ODM.
Oloo has vowed to rally all Jubilee leaders in Nyanza to support Raila Odinga as he seeks to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“You better believe this, because the same person who said Raila will be in the Opposition in 2013 is now saying he will be the president in 2017,” Onyango Oloo said in a presser on Wednesday.