The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: IEBC Pays Voter Reg Clerks

The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission voter registration clerks will be paid through their bank accounts and not through MPESA as it had been initially agreed.

The payments are for the clerks conducting the exercise between November 18 and December 18. According to an IEBC statement, the change in mode of payment resulted from technical problems that the M-Pesa service experienced.

The statement read; "Initially, it had been agreed that the clerks be paid through MPESA but due to technical reasons agreeable to both Safaricom and the Commission, the mode of payment was changed. It was therefore decided that payment be made through the banks."

The statement however confirmed that money meant to pay the clerks with had been forwarded to regional offices for forward payment to the clerks through their respective banks.

The statement further said that by December 31, Regional Elections Coordinators (REC's) had submitted their returns to the head office and their payments disbursed.

The voter listing exercise ended on December 18, 2012 and clerks were given a few days to clear and hand over as a normal administrative procedure before payment is made.

The IEBC also reiterated its committed to delivering an all-inclusive, transparent, free, fair and credible election scheduled for March 4.

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