, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 14 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has denied claims by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party officials that the voter registration is exercise kicking off on Monday is favouring Jubilee strongholds.
IEBC’s Communication Manager Tabitha Mutemi said BVR kits are distributed evenly across the country.
“The notion that some areas perceived to be opposition have received less kits than those branded as Jubilee strongholds is misleading,” she said in a statement.
ODM’s director of elections Junet Mohammed had issued a statement alleging bias in the distribution of the BVR kits, claiming more were distributed in Jubilee strongholds.
But the commission has dismissed the claims, explaining that “It is public knowledge that the Commission is carrying out this exercise with numerous constraints. Indeed it is only last week that, with the support of donors through the basket fund, the Commission was able to double the number of kits being deployed to the registration drive.”
IEBC is kicking off a mass voter registration tomorrow until March 15 in preparation for next year’s General Election.
The Commission, Mutemi said, has had to strike a balance between all possible variables in the distribution of the kits.
“Of higher concern was how much time it will take to move one kit from one place to the other or how far a potential voter will have to travel to reach a kit (Registration centre),” she said.
IEBC has clarified that it is using a criteria that is in tandem with the 2,878 kits/Voter Registration Assistants (subsequently increased to 5,756) to be deployed during the exercise dubbed MVR I.
For every kit supported by the Government of Kenya budget, IEBC said, development partners have sponsored an additional kit bringing the total kits to 5,756.