, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 19 – International Audit firm, KPMG started auditing the voters register on Monday following the award of a contract by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) last week.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said the exercise will be finalised on January 15, next year.
KPMG was among 12 companies that had placed bids for the tender to scrutinise the list of 15.85 million registered voters.
The audit is meant to authenticate genuine voters in the register by weeding out ghost voters.
But CORD leader Raila Odinga and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi who have teamed up on a super alliance, NASA, insist the company has no experience to handle the job and have vowed to challenge the process in court.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Sunday lashed out at the Opposition leaders and accused them of ‘frequent meddling with the IEBC’s mandate.”
IEBC had initially set the scrutiny to end on January 3, 2017 but in the revised timeline, the process will be completed by February 17, 2017 after verification and approval by Parliament.
The audit process was sanctioned by Parliament following recommendations of a 14-member Joint Parliamentary Select Committee which reached a consensus allowing an audit of the voter register instead of fresh registration of voters as had been proposed by the opposition side of the committee.
The Elections Laws (Amendment) Act requires the IEBC to implement the audit’s recommendations by February 17, two days after the end of the next mass voter registration exercise.
Mass Voter Registration (MVR) is scheduled to start on January 16, 2017 locally and on February 1 for those in the Diaspora. The exercise will end on February 15.