, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Audit firm KPMG has been awarded a contract to conduct an audit of the voter register ahead of next year’s General Election.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba who made the announcement on Friday morning says the exercise will start on Monday for a period of 30 days.
Recommendations of the audit report will be forwarded to Parliament as soon as the process is completed ahead of implementation.
“Six firms were issued with request for proposals to respond within 14 days, four firms were able to submit technical and financial proposals while two firms were technically responsive and their financial bids opened,” he explained of the bidding process.
There were 11 audit firms that competed for the contract according to Chiloba.
The commission will have 30 days to implement its recommendations.
The Commission has also forwarded to Parliament various concerns on timelines as stipulated on the electoral law, which he says it has several inconsistencies.
“The new law has provided for verification of voter register to be done 90 days before the election. Verification must be done by confirming biometric data of voters at the polling stations for 30 days,” some of the timelines set, which may not be met according to the CEO.
Of concern, Chiloba said the new technology -Integrated electronic electoral system- may not be in place by March, 2017 in readiness for verification of voters by April 10, 2017.
On this he said Parliament needs to amend the current electoral laws to allow the commission meet some deadlines or open it up to alternative ways.
“There is need for minimum amendments to address some of the gaps that the commission has raised over the electoral law,” he said.