Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has told the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to stop the fresh auditing of voter register.
In a press briefing held at CORD Headquarters in Capitol Hill, Nairobi on Friday, CORD said that the firm contracted to carry out the vetting – KPMG – had no requisite experience.
“We feel like KPMG was a friendly-choice for IEBC as a cover as they seek to rig the 2017 elections,” stated CORD in a speech read by Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi.
The Opposition also questioned the validity of the voter register being vetted saying IEBC has several registers in its possession.
“No one knows which register is being audited and what methodology or parameters were used to settle on KMPG to carry out the exercise.”
“IEBC wants to audit its own register, known just to them. They had several registers all with different details and so we do not know which one they are vetting.”
Mudavadi further claimed that the auditing of voter register should be done after voters have confirmed that they are in the register.
“We are sending out an alert that the spirit and letter of the accord must be respected and as opposition we will not be party to the removal of even a coma from the agreement. If Jubilee and IEBC do not take heed to our call, we will go back to square one in the negotiation process and there will be consequences.”
CORD also questioned the exclusion of ICT committee from the electoral exercise with coalition leader Raila Odinga claiming that it is a scheme to resort to manual verification of voters.
“Jubilee is keen on ensuring that the dead and underage are illegally slotted into the voting process as a means to rig the elections. That is why they do not want to embrace biometric verification of voters during the elections.”
Raila Odinga questioned a move to recall the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 20, to debate some clauses in the Election Law saying it is a deliberate attempt by Jubilee to use its majority numbers to change the law.
“If Jubilee wants to be the only ones running in the elections, they should do so but for us to participate we want the process to be free and fair; we will not allow the next elections to be rigged and that is why we have decided to speak out this early.”