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Court orders IEBC to make public register of voters within 48 hours

The High Court in Nairobi has ordered the electoral commission to make public the voter register within 48 hours.

Justice George Odunga directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to post the register either in a public portal or at polling stations within 48 hours.

“The respondent should, within the next 48 hours, publish in the media a confirmation that the register of voters is open for inspection and the manner of and the period for such inspection by the public,” ruled Justice Odunga.

He said the register will, however, remain unaltered.

In future elections, the judge ruled, the register shall be made public 90 days from the date the election date will be gazetted and voters given at least 30 days to inspect it.

Credible elections

Ms Gladwell Otieno, the founder and executive director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog), filed the petition, arguing that the failure by the IEBC to open up the register for public scrutiny after the audit by KPMG was a threat to free, fair, and credible elections.

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Through lawyer Willis Otieno, Ms Otieno wanted the IEBC compelled to release each registered voter per polling station and allow public scrutiny for any errors to be corrected before the elections.

Voter register

An audit report by KPMG had found several discrepancies in the voter register.

Ms Otieno said IEBC had turned down numerous requests to provide the register, making her apprehensive that it might have discrepancies.

IEBC informed the court that it would make the register public

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