21 November 2012

Kenya: Registration in Kitengela Hits a Snag

REGISTRATION of voters in Kitengela was yesterday stopped following a disagreement between aspirants and the IEBC.

Disagreement arose when the IEBC's decided to move the polling stations from Oloosirkon/Sholinke ward and Kitengela county ward to Kitengela Primary School and Noonkopir Secondary School.

Leaders from the two wards resolved to stop the voter registration until the IEBC irons out the issue. District Officer, Kennedy Kasait together with the aspirants, Rohonnest Ntaiyia and Daniel Kanchori from the TNA signed a memorandum stopping the registration.

"As leaders we have resolved that no registration of voters will proceed until this issue is dealt with in a manner acceptable by all of us," said the statement.

The IEBC's coordinator for Kajiado East constituency, Jennifer Mugambi reassured the leaders yesterday that the matter is already being addressed and that the registration may resume today.

Mugambi, however, refused to discuss the matter further, saying registration in other stations would start "soon". It was not immediately established if the IEBC will compensate the two days the exercise has failed to kick off because the leaders are accusing the electoral body of the mistake that has caused the problem.

The local DO, Kennedy Kasait, confirmed that IEBC was "doing something" to allow the registration of voters to start in Kitengela and the affected areas.

In essence, there was not registration exercise going on in all the 11 polling stations in the two wards and IEBC officials including Mugambi appeared unsettled the whole of yesterday morning following the stalemate.

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