Voters turned away over missing names

Hundreds of voters in Kisumu were locked out of Tuesday’s General Elections as their names were missing on the voters register.

The voters mainly from Kisumu Central Constituency claimed they had duly registered and wondered why their details were missing.

The Kisumu gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o accused IEBC of laxity in implementing the recommendations of KPMG which audited the voters register.

In Kisumu, he said over 500 voters were affected adding that the number countrywide could be huge.

The Kisumu Senator said he has instructed his lawyers to institute charges against the electoral body for denying eligible voters a chance to exercise their constitutional mandate.

The law is very clear. How could they have acquired the voters’ cards while their names are missing? IEBC must account for this, he said.

Nyong’o added that the heavy presence of police in Kisumu was a well choreographed move to intimidate voters so that they would not participate in the elections.

The Senator disclosed that he has information that the law enforcement officers had been instructed to disrupt tallying at some polling stations in Kisumu to swing the vote in favour of some candidates.

He pointed out Kimi Kenyatta Sports Grounds, Agha Khan Hall, Pan Pieri and Lions tallying centres as among those targeted.

Agents, he said, must remain vigilant and monitor the tallying of results to avoid any rigging.

This is totally unacceptable. Our police officers must strictly do matters security and not what we are witnessing here, he said.

He urged his supporters to keep an eye on the officers and report to agents whenever they witnessed such incidents.

Kisumu Senatorial aspirant, Fred Outa asked area residents to remain calm as they await the outcome of the election.

He accused Jubilee government of intimidating voters in the area and urged them to desist from any acts of violence.

They are openly inciting us into violence so that peace in this area is disarupted but I urge you to remain calm, he said.

He claimed that IEBC denied ODM party agents entry into some of the polling stations.

We know these presiding officers and we are taking them to court for disobeying the law, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency