Aden Duale takes IEBC to task over voter registration

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale in a past interview with Citizen TV at his office in Parliament Buildings. PHOTO: File

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has raised concerns over the voter registration exercise set to run from February 15 to March 15, 2016.

Duale said that while the government will give the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) full support in executing its mandate, the commission should be transparent and explain the formula used in rolling out the voter registration exercise.

“IEBC should tell us the formula it is using to distribute voter registration kits and clerks to constituencies before the beginning of the exercise,” said the Garissa Township MP.

“It should also tell us why it is recruiting very lean staff in some constituencies while giving others a burgeoned staff. The commission has, for instance, recruited only seven clerks in my constituency and I have spoken to the chairman Isaack Hassan to express my reservations on the same,” he said.

He added that IEBC should ensure there is equal distribution of voter registration clerks and kits in all wards to prevent creating a perception of favouritism.

Duale said the National Assembly would address the shortage of resources in the IEBC when it resumes next week in consultation with the National Treasury.

“The National Assembly and the Treasury will make sure IEBC gets everything it needs to ensure it conducts a free and fair election but we have to make the exercise transparent.”

IEBC Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba last week said they are ready for the exercise and would target to register a minimum of 4 million new voters despite the financial issues at hand.

By @benjaminwafula

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