Raila alleges attempts to inflate number of registered voters

By KBC Reporters

CORD Leader Raila Odinga now alleges high level attempts to manipulate the outcome of the forth coming general election.

Speaking while leading in a mass voter registration campaign in Kilifi, Raila claimed some government agencies will be used to undermine the outcome of the August polls and part of the plans Cord claims will be to inflate the number of registered voters in some regions.

His remarks have irked Jubilee leaders who have castigated.

Led by among others Deputy President William Ruto, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen the Jubilee leaders dismissed the statement by Raila that NIS is involved in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

Odinga claimed that NIS has BVR kits that it is using to register citizens of  neighboring countries.

But in a quick rejoinder, new IEBC Chebukati has refuted the claims  clarifying  that the commission is unaware of any scenario where foreigners are being brought into the country from neighboring countries to registers as voters.

“We would like to categorically state that no Commission BVR equipment is in the hands of strangers. We can account for all the BVR kits deployed for the ongoing MVR, the personnel operating them and the stations (gazetted registration centres) they are operating from” he explained.

Chebukati assured that the process of registering voters is being done in an open and transparent manner.

He added “any person with information regarding illegal issuance of ID cards to non-citizens must proceed to report such cases to the relevant authorities”.

Speaking in Endebes, Sibanga and Kitale town, on the sidelines of the voter registration campaigns, the leaders termed the claims as outrageous and ridiculous.

Ruto said the opposition is desperate and is now playing petty politics by claiming that NIS is registering voters from Uganda and Ethiopia.

The deputy President reiterated that Jubilee will win the 2017 elections with a landslide.

Raila is asking IEBC to clean up the voter’s register, and assure Kenyans of a credible exercise.

ODM party wants caution taken against inflating the numbers in certain parts of the country.

They want the planned audit of the voter register conducted by an internationally recognized firm, following claims of double ID registration.

As Raila was traversing the Coastal region wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka was in his home turf of Mwingi trying to excite locals to turn up in large numbers and register as voters.

Kalonzo who claims he stands a better chance to dethrone the Jubilee said that can be fulfilled if his supporters enlisting themselves as voters.






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