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Monday, 23 Jan 2017 11:35 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Matungulu MP Stephen Mule now wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure the voter register is revised to correct the anomalies that opposition leaders have unearthed in the past week. The MP said the IEBC should ensure only genuine voters cast their ballots in the forthcoming general election.
Speaking at Tala Town after sensitizing residents on voter registration, Mr Mule said the opposition will not entertain an election whose voters cannot be authenticated. “We want IEBC to assure Kenyans that there will be no ghost voters in the August 8th election. As opposition, we will not take anything less than a fair, transparent and a credible election which reflects the will of Kenyans,” said the MP.
He also raised concerns that the current voter status information being provided by IEBC clerks at various centers does not provide information on where registered voters will cast their ballots. “If I cannot see where I will vote then it means anyone can vote as many times as possible at different voting stations,” said the MP, who is expected to defend his seat on Wiper party ticket.
The MP’s concerns come barely a week after Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka revealed that his national identity card number had been used to register a female voter in Wajir. The opposition has been pointing out fears of early rigging of the presidential election by the Jubilee government, and is taking no chances in the ongoing mass voter registration drive to sensitize Kenyans to be on high alert.
Opposition politicians have also protested what they have termed as inequitable distribution of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, claiming the electoral body had discriminated against regions perceived as opposition strongholds in the issuance of the gadgets.
In Matungulu, Mr Mule will battle it out with his opponents who include Thomas Musau, Daniel Nginga, Charles Kilonzo, and Japeth Makau who have declared interest to unseat the MP.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.