The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has resolved the anomaly in the voters’ register where a woman was registered with the same identification card number with CORD Leader Raila Odinga.
Nyanza Central IEBC Coordinator Mr. George Oyugi assured the former Prime Minister that there was no cause for alarm since the error had been rectified.
He disclosed that a similar case where there was a mismatch between a voter’s information and a photograph belonging to another person was also identified and rectified.
IEBC, he said was on the lookout for any other errors to ensure that the register was clean ahead of the August 8thpoll.
“I want to assure the former Prime Minister and Kenyans at large that we are up to the task to ensure that we have free and fair elections,” he said.
Oyugi decried the poor turnout in the ongoing voter listing exercise in the region observing that if the trend continues, the region will be unable to reach the target of 460, 260 new voters.
So far only 13, 210 new voters have been registered in Siaya County, 21,254 in Kisumu County and 18, 335 in Homabay County bringing the total number of new registered voters in the three counties to 52, 799.
He said at this rate, IEBC may only manage to register about 200, 000 (50%) new voters before the closure of the exercise on February 14th 2017.
He attributed the poor turnout to lack of identification cards and delay in delivering the processed documents from Nairobi.
“We have people who applied for IDs in March last year but up to this date they have not received them. We are appealing to the relevant authorities to look into the matter to enable us reach our target,” he said.
Oyugi said although it was necessary and a constitutional right for people to register as voters, it was unlawful to coerce people to do so.
The exercise, he said was voluntary and those taking the law into their hands through harassing people to register risked being arrested.
Over the last one week, a group of youths, mainly bodaboda operators, have been harassing people in Kisumu demanding they produce their IDs especially at bus terminus as proof of having registered.
This morning, fear was rife at the main bus terminus in Kisumu city, after the group threatened to close down shops and businesses of those who have not registered.