Gov’t carrying out skewed voter registration, ODM claims


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ODM supporters in a past rally. [Photo/Benjamin Wafula]

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has claimed that the government through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Huduma Centres and the Ministry of Interior is carrying out illegal registration of voters.

In a statement to media houses, ODM chairman John Mbadi said that there was evidence that points to a clear pattern of collusion and conspiracy among state agencies to facilitate mass registration of persons and voters in certain parts of the country at the exclusion of others.

“The National Registration Bureau, Huduma Centres, the Ministry of Interior and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are implementing this policy of segregation,” said Mbadi.

ODM demanded an explanation from the agencies linked to the exercise, saying they would not accept discriminatory registration of voters.

“We demand an explanation from the IEBC why the Interior Ministry, the National Registration Bureau and Huduma Centres are involved in the registration of voters, which is the sole mandate and responsibility of the IEBC,” stated Mbadi.

“We also demand to know the role and the position of international community and international agencies, particularly the UNDP, which is known to work closely with and to finance the IEBC, on these very disturbing developments.”

The Suba MP noted that they would not accept the skewed registration of voters that is aimed to giving Jubilee undue advantage in the 2017 polls.

“We warn that this segregationist pattern will certainly have undesired consequences in the days ahead. ODM will reserve the right to respond to those consequences to preserve and safeguard democracy and the right of Kenyans of voting age to register as voters and cast the vote in a free and fair poll.”

Jubilee legislators have however refuted the claims made by ODM saying they are a diversionary tactic aimed at covering up their unpreparedness for the elections.

Dagoretti North MP Dennis Waweru told ODM leaders to stop politicising voter registration and instead focus on popularising their party in readiness for the next elections.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has also rubbished ODM’s claims saying they were aimed at causing tension ahead of the polls.

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