NIS registering Ethiopians, Ugandans as voters – Raila
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga, now claims that the Jubilee administration is using the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to interfere with the ongoing voter registration exercise in a bid to influence the August 8 polls.
In a statement to newsrooms, the opposition chief alleged that the intelligence unit has deployed Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits to Ethiopia and Uganda to register foreigners as voters.
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“The agency is also assisting citizens of these neighbouring countries to acquire Kenyan identification documents then helping them cross into Kenya and register as voters.”
“The NIS is also interfering with the voter registration process by having youths whose data were collected through the dubious National Youth Service exercise over the last few years and registering them as voters, without their knowledge.”
The former premier wholly placed blame on NIS for the multiple registrations, shared identity cards among other challenges being experienced in the voter registration exercise.
Raila further alleged that the same tactics were used by the intelligence agency in 2007 and 2013 to deny him victory in the presidential race.
“It is a disgrace and a betrayal of public trust when an institution that is supposed to safeguard the interests of the nation take the lead in undermining those very interests. Interfering with the process through which our country determines its leadership is one of the most serious crimes a public institution and more so an intelligence agency can be involved in.”
Odinga urged the security agency to allow the electoral body work as an independent unit and instead focus on safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process not interfering with it.
The IEBC boss, Wafula Chebukati, however denied claims saying that the commission is not aware about such activities.
Interior Cabinet Secretary, Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery, has also denied claims by the CORD leader terming them as untrue.
“If there is any truth in it, they should come forward and record statement and tell us precisely what they know about it, because we want this country to remain stable. We want free, fair and credible elections,” said Nkaissery.