By KBC Reporter
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba has raised concern over increased incidents of violence in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration exercise.
“The Commission is disturbed by rising incidents of insecurity in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration,” said the statement by the IEBC.
The CEO has warned those instigating violence adding that, the Commission is investigating and will take stern action against the perpetrators of violence or any form of interference in the voter registration exercise, “pursuant to the law,” said Chiloba.
Among the areas affected by the violence according to IEBC is Starehe, Mathare, Embakasi North and Ruaraka, which the Commission says have been targeted by incumbent political leaders and aspirants mobilizing voters and their supporters to register.
IEBC while attributing the violence in parts of Nairobi has been occasioned by the high number of voter transfers.
“The Commission condemns this violence which is endangering the safety of IEBC staff and equipment, and putting the entire exercise at risk,” said Chiloba and added, “We call on the Police to act expeditiously to guarantee the security of our staff and protect potential voters from intimidation.”
Chiloba says the Constitution and the Elections Act, 2011, Section 5(3), allows every Kenyan citizen who has attained the age of 18 years and has a valid national identity card or passport to apply and be registered as a voter.
He stated that the registration is not conditional upon any factors such as place of birth, business or residence adding that besides registration of new voters, the Mass Voter Registration is also allowing voters who wish to change their polling stations to do so, as provided in law.
While stating that Section 7 (1) of the Elections Act allows voters who wish to transfer their registration to an electoral area other than the one they registered, Chiloba said voters can only do so ninety days before an election, and must physically fill the transfer form at the new electoral area they intend to vote.