KENYA: ELECTION COMMISSION DISCOVERS 128,926 VOTERS SHARE IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), says records in its data indicate that a total of 128,926 persons share identification documents

This came following a host of claims that several individuals had discovered they shared Identification numbers with other Kenyans.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati attributed the cases of multiple registrations to data entry errors, possible use of one ID to register more than once, attempted registration of more than one person using same ID as well as shared National ID numbers.

Out of the 128,926 records of shared IDs, the Commission has identified 107,777 records that show Same ID but different names. A further analysis showed that 53,671 of IDs were shared more than once he said.

He further said the remaining 21,149 are for persons who attempted to register more than once in different polling stations.

We have also attached a list showing the distribution of the shared IDs across the country.

He said the Commission is working closely with the National Registration Bureau to clean up all the shared IDs.

In his first press briefing since taking office last week, the new IEBC chairman said they have registered at least 825,145 voters in past 7 days against a 1.4 million target.

He said due to logistical constraints, the current data does not include the full data from Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Ganze, Turkana East and Samburu West Constituencies.

Chebukati has further clarified that the commission is unaware of any scenario where foreigners are being brought into the country from neighboring countries to registers as voters as is being claimed by CORD leader Raila Odinga.

We would like to categorically state that no Commission BVR equipment is in the hands of strangers. We can account for all the BVR kits deployed for the ongoing MVR, the personnel operating them and the stations (gazetted registration centres) they are operating from he explained.

Odinga had alleged that NIS officers have infiltrated the commission and are allegedly listing people as voters from as far as Uganda and Ethiopia.

He added any person with information regarding illegal issuance of ID cards to non-citizens must proceed to report such cases to the relevant authorities.

Chebukati assured that the process of registering voters is being done in an open and transparent manner.

Once this open and transparent voter registration is completed, and as required by law, we shall make the register available to all Kenyans to verify its accuracy.

At the same time the commission chair said the registration of Kenyans diaspora will be handled as from Feb 14.

The commission is aiming to register 6 million new voters during this last drive which ends on Feb 15.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK