Kenya: ODM Set for Protest March to IEBC to Demand Kibra Voters' Register

9 October 2019

Nairobi — The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) now wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) to provide an updated voter register which will be used in the upcoming Kibra By-Election set for November 7.

The party's Director of Elections who is also the Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed said the party has mobilised its members to match to IEBC headquarters at Anniversary Towers to demand the register.

He said the party had written letters to the electoral body over the matter, with no reply.

"The Elections Act (2015) obligates the commission to make the register of voters available at all times for inspection. The same law pre-supposes the creation of a public web portal to enable members of the public to inspect the register. We have written several letters to the IEBC requesting for the updated register but no response," Junet said.

"The manner in which the commission is procrastinating to provide the register even after we paid the Sh15, 000 that was required, leaves us with no other option but to match to their offices to demand for that register."

Party chairman John Mbadi said the commission should provide a full list of the voter register that was used in 2017 and ensure they conduct a free, fair and credible mini poll.

"With three weeks left to the by-election and there being no commitment by the commission to provide the updated voter register requested by the party, we are left with no option but to question the motive behind the hide the hide and seek game that we are being subjected to," Mbadi said, "We are demanding transparency and accountability and if the IEBC will not provide that register, then it means they are not ready to be transparent and neither do they want to be accountable."

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