Hitches continue to mar mass voter registration exercise

By Bwire Marvin

Hitches continue to mar the ongoing countrywide mass voter registration exercise. As leaders continue to traverse various parts of the country to sensitize Kenyans to register in large numbers, the opposition has insisted that irregularities witnessed in the exercise was just a ploy by the  government to rig the august 2017 election, allegations that the jubilee government has denied..

First it was wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka claiming that he shares the same ID number with 23 years old Salome Njoroge..Then cord leader Raila Odinga alleged that there are plans by the government to register foreigners as voters. Allegations that were denied by the government. Then the independent electoral and boundaries commission gave out figures of cases of shared id numbers recorded in the ongoing mass voter registration exercise.

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati explained that there are 128,926 duplicate ID numbers in the BVR database which most of them were keyed into the system during the 2012 registration drive and do not relate to the current mass voter registration campaign saying Kenyans are aware of that. He assured Kenyans that the process of cleaning up the register was in good hands.

However it has now emerged that the national IDs of former presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi have been used to register some people as voters. Moi’s ID number 0000001 has been used to register one Joseph Marrion Nchabani Mwika. Moi’s name does not appear in the BVR register when the ID number is keyed in. Instead Mwika’s name pops up.

Eight different Kenyans have used Kibaki’s ID number 00000002 to register as voters. The eight are Gitonga Wilson Kimathii, Kanja Julius Ngede Kihinge, Evans Kariuki Kirinya, Victoria Gatwiri, Muko Mugara, Duncan Muia, Mbinya Wanjiru, and Caroline Nduta. The eight have been assigned unique identification numbers in the BVR system. IEBC has earlier denied allegations that the voters register has been compromised.

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