Hundreds in Kisumu protest over missing names in voters roll

August 7, 2017 5:37 pm
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Kisumu County IEBC Returning Officer John Lorionokou who addressed the media says they have directed the affected voters to visit their relevant constituencies to get help/HILARY MWENDA

, KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 7 – With only hours to the General Election, hundreds of Kisumu residents camped outside the county Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission offices demanding to know why their names were missing in the voter register.

Some claimed that their names are missing in the voters roll despite registering as voters and undergoing the verification process.

Marceline Anyango said they sought for help from the IEBC offices but found the gates locked.

Anyango said she registered to vote but can now not trace her name in the voters roll.

Another voter, Richard Ochieng, says he identified the anomaly in time and IEBC promised to rectify only for them to fail to do so.

Ochieng says he will visit his polling station Tuesday and is determined to vote despite his name missing from the register.

Kisumu County IEBC Returning Officer John Lorionokou who addressed the media says they have directed the affected voters to visit their relevant constituencies to get help.

Lorionokou says the registers are at the constituency level and the county office has no data at its disposal.

He says the system has failed to recognise them due to a number of actors that include double registration and shared IDs numbers.

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