IEBC Explains How CORD 'Faked' Signatures

  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday released a detailed report showing how CORD's Okoa Kenya Movement signatures were verified.

    The Commission indicated that from the 1,633,577 signatures submitted, 124,601 of them were invalid as they did not match its records on the voter register.

    IEBC further revealed that from the records submitted by the Opposition, 356,350 were duplicated with either same name and same ID/ passport number or repeated ID/passport numbers with different names.

    A total of 84,542 names were invalidated as they only had signatures with no ID or passport numbers while 85,647 had ID/Passport numbers but no signatures.

    9,556 of the records had no details at all while fifteen of the submitted records had signatures/marks but no names and IDs/Passport numbers.

    In total, IEBC established that 741,979 of the 1,633,577 signatures submitted failed to meet the requirement, with only 891,598 of the signatures to be valid.

    CORD had earlier questioned why the commission had taken too long to verify the signatures, yet the law stipulated they ought to have completed the exercise within 90 days.

    The signature verification process sparked controversy as Jubilee leaders came out to state that the signatures in the Movement were fake, even before IEBC released the report.

    The Opposition has since cited insincerity and lack of independence on the part of the electoral Commission.

    According to the constitution, a referendum can only be conducted after a proof of 1 Million signatures collected from the electorates, in support of the exercise.