27 November 2012

Kenya: IEB Blames Rainfall for Delays

The Independent Elections and Boundary Commission in Malindi constituency yesterday defended the delays in delivering biometric voter registration kits in some centres blaming heavy rains.

Malindi constituency IEBC coordinator Hamisi Tsumo told wananchi some kits being used in two centres saying that should not be cause for alarm.

Addressing journalists outside the IEBC offices in Malindi town Tsumo said the heavy rains had made roads in the constituency impassable.

"We experienced delays because of the rains but now that they have subsided, we expect the process to run smoothly," said Tsumo. There had been complaints of delays when the registration began with some centres beginning work at midday and closing before 6pm.

Other complaints included, malfunctioning kits and alleged importation of voters. Tsumo said the law allowed for people to vote anywhere, but ferrying of voters was illegal.

There were also claims that some of the BVR kitties were faulty making it difficult for the exercise to run smoothly. Others said there was massive voter importation from other constituencies by aspiring politicians to help them attain into power.

Tsumo however said the delays had not affected the exercise since they had attained 68 percent in the registration since they began seven days ago. He said their target in the five wards was to register 75,856 votes and expect to attain 100 percent at the end of the exercise.

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