IEBC has warned The ODM Party to desist from deliberately misleading the public with unfounded allegations against the electoral body with regards to the Kibra by-elections.
On Thursday, ODM released a statement accusing the Wafula Chebukati led commission of playing hide and seek with the Kibra voter register. The statement, which was signed by the party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, said IEBC had released a voter register without voters’ ID numbers.
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“On the 24th of this month, the Commission released an incomplete register, making the whole exercise a charade. A complete register must have the full name of a voter, polling station and the Identification Card Number. What IEBC released does not contain ID numbers which makes it difficult for voters to verify their registration particulars,” ODM’s statement reads in part.
But IEBC has clarified that in fact it deliberately, truncated the ID numbers of the voters from the registered it released to the public because the constitution allows it to do so.
The commission says that even though the constitution provides on the right to access information, the same information is limited in the same constitution.
IEBC said it deliberately refused to provide ID numbers of Kibra voters because it had no reason to. It also said this could have led to the unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the voters.
Press statement on Kibra Constituency By election. pic.twitter.com/EZhsQ1oISf
— IEBC (@IEBCKenya) October 31, 2019
The commission said it won’t be intimidated by ODM as it endeavours to fulfil its political mandate.
ODM has made several concerns to the electoral body on Kibra by-elections. Last month, the party accused Jubilee Party of bribing voters. ODM said senior IEBC ICT officials were working with Deputy President William Ruto to rig the poll in favour of MacDonald Mariga.