IEBC Condemns rising insecurity in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration.

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Politics, Politics/Current issues
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Today there were Chaos in Kariobangi over voter registration as youth groups clashed leaving several people injured.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is raising concerns over the rising incidents of insecurity in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration.

According to the commission, violence has been reported in parts of Nairobi occasioned by a high number of voter transfers. It adds that IEBC staff carrying out voter registration in Starehe, Mathare, Embakasi North and Ruaraka have been targeted by incumbent political leaders and aspirants mobilizing voters and their supporters to register.

”The Commission condemns this violence which is endangering the safety of IEBC staff and equipment, and putting the entire exercise at risk.  We call on the Police to act expeditiously to guarantee the security of our staff and protect potential voters from intimidation”, IEBC said in a statement.

Just today, some violence was also experienced in Kariobangi where two groups clashed over alleged voter importation and zoning during poll registration. Some injuries were reported creating so much tension in the area.

The Constitution and the Elections Act, 2011, Section 5(3), allows every Kenyan citizen who has attained the age of 18 years and has a valid national identity card or passport to apply and be registered as a voter. The registration is not conditional upon any factors such as place of birth, business or residence.

Besides registration of new voters, the Mass Voter Registration is also allowing voters who wish to change their polling stations to do so, as provided in law.

Section 7 (1) of the Elections Act allows voters who wish to transfer their registration to an electoral area other than the one they registered. However, voters can only do so ninety days before an election, and must physically fill the transfer form at the new electoral area they intend to vote. What happened in Kariobangi today should send a strong message to IEBC. What I am getting is the commission has not done enough education on the issue of registration transfer.

Not everyone knows about this and unless IEBC goes out and informs voters about this section we will be seeing more of what happened in Kariobangi.

The Commission says it is investigating and will take stern action against the perpetrators of violence or any form of interfere with the voter registration exercise, pursuant to the law.

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