IEBC expresses fears over safety of voter registration staff

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba in a past address. [Photo/Courtesy]

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has raised concerns over sporadic cases of violence in different parts of Nairobi during the ongoing mass voter registration.

In a statement to media, the commission CEO Ezra Chiloba stated that IEBC is disturbed by rising incidents of insecurity in four key areas in Nairobi, occasioned by a high number of voter transfers, which have affected the exercise of voter registration.

“IEBC staff carrying out voter registration in Starehe, Mathare, Embakasi North and Ruaraka have been targeted by incumbent political leaders and aspirants mobilising voters and their supporters to register.”

“We call on the police to act expeditiously to guarantee the security of our staff and protect potential voters from intimidation,” read the statement from Chiloba.

Speaking in reference to the Constitution and the Elections Act, 2011, Section 5(3), Chiloba said every Kenyan citizen who has attained the age of 18 years and has a valid national identity card or passport is allowed to apply and be registered as a voter.

“The registration is not conditional upon any factors such as place of birth, business or residence. Besides registration of new voters, the mass voter registration is also allowing voters who wish to change their polling stations to do so, as provided in law.”

“Section 7 (1) of the Elections Act allows voters who wish to transfer their registration to an electoral area other than the one they registered. However, voters can only do so ninety days before an election, and must physically fill the transfer form at the new electoral area they intend to vote,” stated Chiloba.

The commission CEO further stated that it will investigate the incidents and take action against the perpetrators.

Chiloba’s statement was in reference to chaos that broke out on Monday in Kariobangi after two groups of youth accused each other of ferrying people from other regions to register as voters in the area.

The chaos disrupted the voter registration exercise at the polling station with each group demanding that they be allocated their own polling station.

Police had to be called in to manage the situation. One person was injured and a motorbike torched in the mêlée.


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