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IEBC concedes opposition claims of 'fraud' in register

Mr Chebukati said that the problem may have been caused by a wrong data entered by clerks. Last week, opposition politicians Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka raised the alarm after they discovered their ID numbers were shared with other Kenyans.

By Martha Kwambokamkwamboka@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 24 Jan 2017 13:43 EAT

DP addressing locals at Kabartonjo, Baringo County. (Photo: Courtesy Ruto's Facebook page)

After days of opposition revelations, the electoral commission has conceded that over 128,000 people are sharing their identification details in the voters register. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials, led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati, said 128,926 people were found to have the same national identity card or passport numbers in the system.

Mr Chebukati said that the problem may have been caused by a wrong data entered by clerks or simply applicants submitting the same details to different IEBC officials for registration. Last week, opposition politicians Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka raised the alarm after they discovered their ID numbers were shared with other Kenyans.

Today, the IEBC boss said that the commission will make available the register for verification once the registration is complete, and that those registering twice should get the message necessary action will be taken against them. The exercise that kicked off last Monday aims at registering more than six million voters. Kenya had 14.3 million voters in 2013, out of whom three million are reported to have died.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specializing in health, crime and society issues.





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