NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has reassured the public that the voters’ register has not been infiltrated or compromised as alleged by CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Odinga had claimed that the IEBC was registering foreigners and strangers to vote in the August 2017 election.
“Our investigation has confirmed that numbers that do not qualify as Identity Card numbers have been used to register voters in parts of the country and that is responsible for what is being presented as high turnout in voter registration in those regions,” Odinga alleged.
He said the IEBC database had been manipulated to ensure that the cell that has the document identification number can take any numbers instead of the eight (8) numerical national ID or seven numbers if a passport is used.
Odinga had claimed they had information that the doctoring of the IEBC registration software was done intentionally by former employees of IEBC who are aliened to Jubilee as a way to ensure Jubilee strongholds register more voters.
“The manipulation was done to ensure that single digit number such as the ones listed above can be used to register foreigners or even those without IDs.”
But IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said he had already informed the public of the 128,926 duplicate ID numbers in the BVR database which could be attributed to data entry errors at the time of registration and attempts by individuals to register more than once or more that one individual sharing one ID card to register.
“As stated, the Commission shall be making public the list of the duplicate IDs by Friday this week.
We wish to confirm that some of the numbers highlighted by the CORD Leader are indeed part of the 128,926 ID numbers that are subject of the ongoing cleanup process,” he said.
He explained that most of the numbers were keyed into the system during the 2012 registration drive and do not relate to the current Mass Voter Registration campaign.
“This is a historical issue and should not be used to discredit the ongoing registration drive.”
He assured that the process of cleaning up the register was in good hands.
“There should be no cause for alarm and Kenyans must focus on registering as voters given that we have only two weeks left.”