November 22nd 2017

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IEBC bows to pressure from NASA, agrees to publish voters register 7 days to the polls

The opposition officials said last week they have evidence the current register has millions of ghost voters and that in regions allied to NASA, voter details have been switched to far-flung areas.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 24 Jul 2017 15:24 EAT

EBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at the past press conference.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has promised to publish details of the registered voters one week before the elections. IEBC's assurance comes only 14 days before the August 8 polls.

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe speaking today at a stakeholders forum in Nairobi on behalf of the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, said the register will cover voters and their polling stations across the 47 counties. IEBC has been under pressure from politicians and public to publish the list. She urged the voters to confirm their details before the publishing of the voter register.

“I am happy that the register is accessible online, by sms and the 290 constituencies for any Kenyan to go and look at it,” she noted. The commission’s efforts to publish the register earlier than that, she said was not possible attributing the delay to logistics.

The event hosted by Mkenya Daima had the judiciary and the IEBC in attendance whose representatives spoke on issues related to elections. Ms Akombe confirmed that the election kits that were tested from May 11th to June 9th were placed at 98.8% accuracy. She also addressed the public enquiry of publishing the details accompanied by the ID numbers wasn’t possible due to reasons she didn’t state citing privacy.

Ms Akombe spoke as NASA has continued mounting pressure on the IEBC to publish the voters’ register for public scrutiny four weeks to the August 8 General Election. The opposition officials said last week they have evidence the current register has millions of ghost voters and that in regions allied to NASA, voter details have been switched to far-flung areas.

“On the same note, we wish to call on the IEBC to make available the report of the verification of the voter register, because we have received reports that in certain regions such as Western and other NASA strongholds, voter details have been switched to far-flung areas such as Wajir, without the consent of the voters,” ODM secretary general Agnes Zani said.

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