The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has now identified three suspected persons linked to the illegal transfer of voters ahead of the August 9 General Election.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati while addressing the media on Monday, June 20, dispelled fears that the system might have been infiltrated disclosing that the transfer might have been an inside job linked to three of their employees.
Without revealing their names, Chebukati announced that he had forwarded their names to relevant authorities to launch investigations and press charges against them.
The IEBC chair further stated that over one million voter transfer cases had been recorded in Nairobi, Mandera, Nyeri, and Wajir counties, among others.
“We are actually finalizing investigations on about 3 officers and they will be apprehended to face the law and that should be done in the course of the week,” Chebukati explained.
Deputy President William Ruto had raised complaints with the IEBC alleging that his strongholds were targeted in the illegal transfer of voters, which the commission sought to address the an audit of the voters register.
At the same time, IEBC CEO stated that 4,000 voters may also be prosecuted for having registered as voters twice from different polling stations.
“Individuals who have registered more than once with IDs and passport numbers and ideally I would classify them as crooks. Out of that, we have managed to handle 59 per cent of the recorded 4,757 voters,” noted Marjan.
He added, “there were 226143 records that do not match with the National Registration Bureau and the Department of Immigration Services. Meaning that there were IDs and passport reference documents that matched with the National Registration Bureau and Department of Immigration Services but the names recorded in our database and the other database were not agreeing.”
Marjan however revealed that IEBC has resolved some of the cases that were raising concerns in the voter register.
246,265 dead voters have also been expunged from the voters registers in a clean-up exercise done in collaboration with audit firm, KMPG.