NAIROBI,Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it will consult the relevant stakeholders before striking off the names of dead voters from the electoral roll.
IEBC Commissioner Abdi Guliye on Monday said that while the Commission acknowledged the audit findings by international accounting firm KPMG, the IEBC would work with the Civil Registrar of Deaths to correctly identify such persons.
Last week, an audit by KPMG on the IEBC voters’ roll revealed that about one million dead voters could still be in the electoral body’s register. Guliye said the IEBC would evaluate the report, with a view to removing names of dead voters in the register.
According to KPMG, an estimated 1,037,260 dead voters could be on the electoral roll and a further 264,242 voters could have been registered more than once. In its report, the audit firm recommended the deletion of 92,277 voters with matching names and ID numbers from the register.
The IEBC assured Kenyans that its preparations for the Aug 8 general election are at an advanced stage, having acquired 35,000 voting kits, with a further 10.000 expected to arrive in the country this week. On Tuesday, the electoral body will begin a three-day conference on the national elections to rally Kenyans for a credible and peaceful general election.
Stakeholders have in the meantime called on the government to ensure a secure environment ahead of the elections to elect the president, members of Parliament and members of county assemblies.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK