Voter registration compromised – CORD Governors


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IEBC clerk take a voter through the verification exercise. [Photo/IEBC]

CORD Governors and their deputies have raised issues with the voter registration exercise being conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In a statement sent to media houses on Monday after a two-day meeting in Kisumu, the Governors said the current voter registration exercise is skewed and compromised in favour of Jubilee through unequal and unfair distribution of BVR kits.

“The skewed distribution of registration kits by the IEBC poses a threat to the dream by Kenyans to elect a truly representative government that shares and furthers the dreams and aspirations of the people and must be resisted and rectified,” read the statement in part.

“That the IEBC, in sanctioning the skewed distribution of BVR kits, is deepening divisions along party and ethnic lines in the country instead of helping seal the rifts and heal the nation.”

The governors further stated that they will join hands in ensuring protection of Kenyans’ right to vote in a free and fair election.

The meeting was aimed at taking stock of devolution and lay ground for the party’s future plans.

The governors also expressed concerns over apparent attempts by the national government to frustrate devolution while it fails to deal with insecurity, corruption in its ranks, rising cost of living and marginalisation of communities and regions.

They hailed the governors for refusing to see themselves as CORD or Jubilee and standing up for devolution in the best interests of the people and the nation.

The meeting observed that by working together, governors have put the country on a new path that is changing Kenya for the better against the wishes of the forces of status quo in Nairobi.

The governors resolved to push for the installation of a “pro-devolution national government to realize the full potential and promise of devolution, protection of Kenyans’ right to cote in free and fair election and promotion of the voter registration exercise.

The governors also promised to ensure that citizens turn out and vote for a pro-devolution national leadership in free, transparent and fair elections next year and work with IEBC agents assigned to conduct the exercise.

CORD also appealed to the leadership of KNUT, KUPPET and the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association to help their students register.

The meeting also resolved that CORD co-opposition principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula should “urgently seek audience with the IEBC to discuss the skewed distribution of the BVR kits.”

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