IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati
The National Super Alliance (NASA) has protested against massive irregularities in the audited voter register.
In a letter dated July 7, 2017, to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), NASA cited the discovery of double registrations in the register currently posted on the electoral commission’s website.
NASA is now calling for a total clean-up of the register before the August 8 General Election, adding that there were other irregularities like names of deceased persons still appearing.
“In the voter register we have obtained from the IEBC website, the NASA campaign secretariat has discovered that there are 400,685 persons who have been registered twice (double registered),” said Joe Ager, the NASA campaign secretariat’s head of operations and delivery.
He pointed out that all the persons were registered as voters on shared national identity cards.
“The double registered persons have been carefully and methodically distributed proportionally across all counties, constituencies, wards and polling stations,” said Mr Ager.
He said despite the Opposition’s pleas to IEBC to clean up the register, the commission had curiously resisted doing so.
He urged IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to reassure Kenyans that his team was up to the task and would ensure that the elections were credible, free and fair.
Ager said after NASA’s audit of the register, it was noted that Kiambu had 4,217 cases of double registrations while Mombasa had 2,726.
However, IEBC Communications Manager Andrew Limo reassured that the elections would be free and fair.
“There is no way a person will vote twice because the voting will be electronic. The BVR machines will not capture a voter’s details twice,” he said. [Protus Onyango]