Kalonzo welcomes court ruling on IEBC manual register » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 6 – Chief Wiper Kalonzo Musyoka has commended the court for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to use the manual register as a means of identifying voters.

Musyoka made outlandish allegations claiming that there was a rigging plot by foreign personnel deployed by the IEBC to cause a technological failure in the Azimio La Umoja stronghold in order to cause a rigging.

“I heard that these people from Venezuela planned to rig the Azimio la Umoja strongholds by causing a technological failure in the KIEMS kits,” he said.

At the latest Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition bid rally, Musyoka claimed that the plot was to make their Kenya Kwanza Alliance rivals steal 2 million votes from their strongholds.

“They wanted people to get tired in the polling station on August 9e for them to go home and then they steal 2 million votes from Kenyans which will be impossible,” Musyoka said.

The Wiper boss’s revelations have sparked debate in the political arena as the IEBC and police resolve their differences stemming from the arrests of Venezuelan nationals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

29e In July, Mutyambai said that the NPS plays a vital role in the electoral process by supporting the IEBC in ensuring the safety and protection of lives and property.

“Regarding the investigation regarding the election stickers recently imported into the country, I wish to inform Kenyans that the matter has been resolved,” Mutyambai said.

Authorities said they detained them while investigating why the election-related stickers they had were ruled legal.

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Police said they are also investigating why the stickers were not accompanied by an IEBC official as per routine procedure.

Citing the sensitivity of election materials, police further said they should have been informed of the import of election-related materials in advance to “ensure the necessary security and escort”.

The IEBC has since assured that it will roll out the printed voter register to polling stations following a court order requiring it to do so.

Speaking at a press conference, the chairman of the electoral body, Wafula Chebukati, said the register will be used to cross off voters’ names after identification using KIEMS kits.

He further pointed out that the printed electoral register will serve as a backup in case the KIEMS kits fail.

“Informed by the 2017 elections, we saw the electoral risks associated with the use of the printed register. Remember that the commission must abide by the constitution and laws of the land and aspects of court rulings are part of the laws of the land,” he said.