Chebukati Forced to Respond to ODM's Threats

  • IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, was forced to respond to threats by the Orange Democratic Movement over the updated Kibra voters register. 

    On Tuesday, October 8, ODM Members of Parliament led by Suna East legislator, Junet Mohammed, declared that they would storm into IEBC offices to have the agency respond to multiple queries on the same.

    The MPs accused IEBC of being unwilling to conduct elections in strict accordance with the law and colluding with Jubilee Party to alter the voter register. 

    Junet Mohammed during ODM's press conference on Tuesday, October 8, where they stated they will storm into IEBC offices

    "Our attention has been drawn to misinformation attributed to ODM MPs in regards to the register of voters for Kibra.

    "Following the death of Ken Okoth (former Kibra MP), and subsequent receipt of the writ from the Speaker of the National Assembly, and in line with the Elections Act, the commission suspended continuous voters registration (CVR) in Kibra constituency," an official statement by IEBC on Twitter read.

    The electoral body went on to detail the changes made in the register.

    "Kibra, just like the rest of constituencies in the country, had a significant number of new enrolment and transfers amongst others," Chebukati stated.

    According to IEBC, there were 118,276 registered voters in Kibra as of 2017. The number of voters registered by CVR and uploaded to the register totalled to 333. 

    The number of transfers into the constituency and the number of transfers within the constituency amounted to 44 and 22 voters respectively.

    1 voter was deleted and 1 voter's name was updated. 

    IEBC also agreed to have received two letters from ODM as stated by the party in a press conference on October 8, 2019.

    "The commission has from today posted the changes to the Kibra register of voters detailed above. We wish to assure the Kibra constituents and the country at large that a complete register of voters will be ready on time for the by-election scheduled November 7.

    "We give assurance that it will strictly comply with the law and no registered voter will be disenfranchised as every vote counts," Chebukati responded. 

    ODM leader Raila Odinga leading a past demonstration in 2017. IEBC responded to their queries over the Kibra by-election voter register