IEBC to open voter roll for inspection on Saturday

Fridah Nakhumicha (right) registers as a voter as other Kenyans wait in line at MV Patel Memorial Hall registration centre in Turbo constituency, Uasin Gishu County December 17, 2012. The electoral commission said January 9, 2013 will open the voter register to allow the 14.3 million Kenyans listed to inspect it starting January 13. FILE
By LILLIAN ONYANGO  ( email the author)

Posted  Thursday, January 10   2013 at  00:30

In Summary

  • Kenyans have the option of verifying registration information by SMS

The electoral commission will open the voter register for public inspection from Saturday.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official Muthoni Wangai said the agency was working on getting the register opened to allow Kenyans to verify their details following last year’s month-long registration that closed on December 18.

“Kenyans will have the option of either verifying their details by SMS or by visiting their respective registration centres,” she said during a media briefing in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Preferred method

The voter register will be open for scrutiny for two weeks. (READ: Voters to inspect list in 2013 as IEBC seeks more powers)

Last month, IEBC chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said the commission opted to issue an SMS number for checking voter details after they found out that 60 per cent preferred this method while only 10-15 per cent would go to voter centre to verify the information.

The final voters’ list will also be made accessible to the public on the IEBC website and available to political parties.

The commission is also expected to release the names of people who registered using fake documents and those who registered more than once.

The names of the individuals, who face arrest, will be deleted from the record.

Ms Wangai, at the same time, asked political parties to conduct nominations “with maturity”.

“Some electoral problems begin at the nominations and it is important that we address the public and tell them our expectations and come out with a process that is peaceful so that we prepare for the General Election in a peaceful environment,” she said.

She warned politicians against using abusive language to discourage female aspirants from participating in the nominations.

“Women are being threatened and in the past we have heard leaders use abusive language to put them down. This is unacceptable and is stone-age behaviour and not allowed in the law as the Constitution guarantees everybody their rights,” Ms Wangai said.

She also urged the youth to shun politicians who seek to use them to propagate violence

“For the very short period of two months, some of them will be under the pay of politicians and other people and they may be tempted to cause violence,” she said.

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