Other sneaky tactics politicians are using include threats to deny public services to those without a voter ID Mugirango MP Silvanus Osoro defended this additional requirement to benefit from the allocation of grants from the constituency, saying so would motivate people to register.
Although the electoral commission recorded a low turnout a week after the exercise began – only 202,518 against a target of 1.5 million to list – the irregularities suggest that the Scope would be greater if the Commission achieved its goals.
Given the low turnout, politicians could equally resort to more unorthodox means to get the crucial numbers ahead of next year’s elections.
The electoral laws allow the transfer of voters, but under certain conditions, including a voter who stands for a certain immemte time was resident in one place.
But the review committee recognizes that it has difficulty enforcing this rule, and politicians are using the loopholes to “import” voters to get the number in to increase their strongholds.
The regulations on voter registration stipulate that one must be resident in the area that they want to transfer for at least six months.
the prescribed time.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said enforcing the provision was difficult when he reminded the House of Representatives Judiciary and Legal Committee that MPs passed the ordinances.
“How else can a voter registration officer determine that a person has been in an area for six months?” Mr. Chebukati posed. “That’s how the boss came up with the idea. But is there any other way? “He asked.
” It is one of the provisions in the regulations that we have cited to amend to bring them into line with the constitution, “he said.
Prof Abdi Guliye, an IEBC commissioner, said politicians disregarded the rules on voter transfers Voters have lived in this political entity for at least six months. Getting this through is a challenge and the commission needs support, “said Prof. Guliye.
There have been allegations that some politicians are offering bribes of Sh1. 000 for each voter transferred to their preferred polling station.
A Webuye West Parliamentary candidate Kelly Walubengo claimed he had received reports that some voters were being offered Sh1,000 to change theirs Polling station ale.
“I have received scathing reports that there are no people moving from polling stations in Webuye West to Webuye East,” said Walubengo.
Some residents of Webuye West have been relocated to Mumias East constituency to register as voters.
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“How can you take advantage of Mumias East benefits if you are from Webuye West come? If they find out that you are from a different constituency but you voted in a different constituency, you will not even be helped in getting a scholarship for your children, “he warned.
IEBC Chairman Chebukati said the Commission did not officially receive the complaints.
“We did not receive the complaint / information referred to. The commission obeys the law regarding the transfer of voters. Applicable law is Section 7 of the Electoral Act and Rule 13C of Registration of Voter Regulations, “said Chebukati.
In Nyanza, politicians entice voters with goodies like a bottle of lemonade and spending money, free seeds and a pack of Unga for every newly registered voter.
In Luo Nyanza, during the dialogue forum at Sikri, the Nyanza leaders presented three strategies to promote voter registration.
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga distributed free I will also give them free seeds as a motivation, “he said.
He is also working on some” rewards “for the top performing ODM party officials who have the highest number of registered voters .
In Kisumu, the Kondele district spokesman Joachim Swagga Oketch is distributing maize meal to the newly registered red voters.
His campaign called “Chukua Kura, Beba unga” was launched last week tet.
“We want as many people as possible to register as voters,” he said.
The MP organized in the Migori district by Uriri, Mark Nyamita, a mass voter registration in Central Kanyamkago District, where attendees received “a token of appreciation.” .
In an address at a funeral on Sunday, Mr Nyamita threatened to withhold vital services from those without identification and from voters.
MCA nominee Florence Oile said the leaders were only to those who present the important documents, hand out handouts.
“Our people are used to the culture of handouts. This time you have to show the two documents before asking for a favor, “she said over the weekend.
In Kisii, Dagoretti’s MP Simba Arati, who is eyeing the seat of the governor of Kisii, has a bottle. promised lemonade for every new voter and handouts only to those with a voter card.
Borabu MP Ben Momanyi said registering in large numbers was the safest way to get Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i at the Support presidency. If you warn without a voter card, you won’t get any food.
“We need numbers so that he can sit at the negotiating table,” said Momanyi.
Reporting by Onyango K’Onyango , Brian Ojamaa, Ruth Mbula, Rushdie Oudia, Ian Byron and Benson Ayienda