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Monday, 10 Jul 2017 11:16 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The National Super Alliance (NASA) today raised the red flag over massive irregularities in the voters register and strongly urged for its clean up.
In a letter to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), NASA cited the discovery of double registrations in the IEBC website sourced register, as an example.
“In the voters register which we have obtained from the IEBC website, NASA campaign secretariat has discovered that there are 400,685 persons who have been registered two times (double registered). All these persons are registered as voters on shared identity cards. The double registered persons have been carefully and methodically distributed proportionally across all counties, constituencies, wards and polling stations, ” Mr Joe Ager NASA Campaign Secretariat Head of Operations and Delivery pointed out.
Mr Ager said that such widespread and massive creation of multiple voters could neither be accidental, due to human error or incompetence on the part of IEBC.
“Similarly, the voters cards cannot create themselves and then go to populate the register automatically. Someone in your organization must have deliberately created the double registration to populate the voters register, “ Mr Ager averred.
Mr Ager pointed out that despite several pleas that the IEBC clean up the voters register, the Commission had strenuously and curiously resisted the exercise.
“Lately, IEBC has spent inordinate amount of resources, time and effort in resisting the request by NASA to publish the official voters’ register. This behaviour is quite baffling considering that publishing of the voters register is a common duty that IEBC owes not only to competing political parties, but more importantly to the Kenyan people,” he said.
He urged the Chairman of IEBC, Mr Wafula Chebukati to clean up the register. “The purpose of this letter is to urge you to expeditiously clean up the voters register to facilitate the conduct of free, fair and credible elections. To willfully create a false register expecting Kenyans to meekly accept it, whatever the excuse is not an option this time round,“ he emphasised.
NASA’a protest letter comes in the heels of last week’s concern by the Election Observation Group (ELOG) who raised the red flag on IEBC over voter register. The Group sought clarity from IEBC on the registration of over 300,000 voters in the register to be used in the August 8 poll.
Consequently, ELOG wants IEBC to clean up the voters’ register before the elections. According to its election state of preparedness report released yesterday, the group’s findings reinforced an earlier audit by KPMG, which had detected some anomalies in the voters’ register.
Audit firm KPMG presented a report to IEBC after auditing the voter register where it discovered errors in the voter register.
The three page protest letter by NASA is also copied to the Diplomatic community, ELOG, Kenya human rights commission (KHRC), the World Bank and the International Observers Group