June 28th 2017

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IEBC accused of plot to suppress Ukambani voter registration

"Jubilee is looking for ways to rig the elections. We will not allow this to happen because it is our right to register as voters and vote because it is our constitutional right and we know they are looking for ways to rig the elections but we are watching keenly”.

By Oscar NdundaMonday, 16 Jan 2017 15:04 EAT

Mr Mule (left) with an aide at his home on Sunday. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

Matungulu MP Stephen Mule has accused the government of playing games with voter registration in Lower Eastern which is a Wiper Party stronghold by issuing insufficient number of registration kits (BVR) compared to the large number of wards. The MP said that his constituency had received only 27 BVR kits for 110 polling stations which translates to 5 kits in 3 wards which are fewer compared to Jubilee strongholds whereby one ward has 6 BVR kits.

The Matungulu MP termed the move as unacceptable because Jubilee is playing gimmicks to ruin the mass voter registration and ensure that Ukambani region does not attain the target of 1.5 to 2 million voters. He added that the neighboring Kangundo constituency received 20 BVR kits for 96 polling stations the same as Kathiani constituency.

"I am shocked that Jubilee is trying to play gimmicks to ruin the mass voter registration in Ukambani in order to ensure that we do not attain the target of 1.5 to 2 million voters. How can they send us only 27 BVR kits for 110 polling stations in Matungulu, and 20 BVR kits for 96 polling stations in Kangundo? The same low number of equipments has been deployed in Kathiani and all other constituencies in this region. This is unacceptable because in Jubilee strongholds they supplied a lot of kits in ward,” said Mr Mule.

The legislator pointed out that the electoral commission was denying Kenyans their constitutional rights to register as voters, and promised that the CORD coalition would not watch by. "Jubilee is looking for ways to rig the elections. We will not allow this to happen because it is our right to register as voters and vote because it is our constitutional right and we know they are looking for ways to rig the elections but we are watching keenly”.

He demanded correction action from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure that the BVR kits are supplied fairly across the country whereby he cautioned Jubilee against using gimmicks

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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