MPs have held the IEBC accountable for the skewed distribution of biometric voter registration kits in the ongoing mass list for the 2022 general election.
Members of the Judiciary and Legal Committee said the criterion of three kits per municipality has regions disenfranchised with huge administrative units.
It is also worrying that the kits, apart from those in the 52 Huduma centers and public universities, are limited to one municipality due to breakdown reports.
That Committee also expressed discomfort with the way the electoral commission distributed the 27,241 registration centers.
This was even the case when the top members of the commission, who had appeared before the JLAC, requested an extension of the 30- mass voter registration for one day, which expires on November 4th.
“We have no option for a second voter registration. The budget is cut in half and stretched for 30 days. We don’t see a second opportunity unless the budget is used, “said Commissioner Abdi Guliye.
But JLAC thought the budget was” wrong “, which further challenges the IEBC’s predictions of listing new ones provides six million voters.
The committee, chaired by Kangema MP Muturi Kigano, asked how the IEBC got that number and said the national registry had only 4.5 million new IDs since 2017 I have issued.
About 1.6 million of these IDs still have to be collected.
At the same time, MPs and the Commission exchanged the blame for unprocessed invoices, which, according to the IEBC, their management of the surveys by 2022.
Legislators also called the requirement of a letter from the chief of area to the IEBC to approve a transfer of voters as illegal.
“The letter from the chiefs is illegal. How do you intend to prevent legally compliant mass emigration of politicians? ”Olago Aluoch asked.
MPs Kigano (Kangema), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Kamoti Mwamkale (Rabai), Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West), Gitonga Murungara (Tharaka), Tom Kajwang (Ruaraka), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Anthony Kiai (Mukurweini), Jenifer Shamalla (nominated) and Zulekha Hassan (Kwale Woman Rep) were present.
“The wards are not the same in size. If we insist on three at a time, others will be disenfranchised. While some are urbanized, the rural areas have serious problems traveling, “said Kaluma.
Members of the committee tried to open the kits to eligible Kenyans so that they can conveniently register from any location can to improve the turnout.
Regarding the projected new voters, MPs demanded explanations of how the numbers were set, arguing that the numbers were not properly grounded.
“We want the IEBC to explain exactly how the forecasts were made mathematically, statistically and in terms of good governance,” said Kajwang.
Legislators said the numbers are a cost factor Determine the distribution of the electoral budget and also a political issue.
They asked why the IEBC uses “imaginary numbers” when actual numbers can be obtained from the national registration office.
The MPs argue At least the issue of targeted numbers was what was used to assign registration centers and polling stations.
“We want to see how equitable you are in distributing the sets across the country. We need to know who is standing in the way of Kenyans’ right to registration, “said Kajwang.
” How many of the projected number of ID cards are not being collected? We are concerned because resources are being allocated based on projections, ”said Oluoch. IEBC’s acting CEO Hussein Marjan told the committee that the commission examined and triangulated three scenarios, to reach six million.
He said the commission looked at the register from 2013 with 14.4 million voters and 2017 with 19.7 million, a growth of 36 percent.
The commission, Marjan said, looked at KNBS’s 2019 census report, which showed that 29 million Kenyans were aged 15-19.
He said the commission further mapped the age groups and calculated the total for each category, resulting in almost the same number of about 26 million.
“With the 36 percent growth rate and triangulation, we get the same numbers. KNBS said 4.5 million new IDs were issued, but let’s not forget that there were people who were there who didn’t have IDs, “Marjan said the 2017 survey data didn’t take into account any movement in the current population.
“What are the advantages of choosing the 36 percent? Why use the old electoral roll and not the current population data? Why do the 36 percent vote to apply across the country? ”Asked the Majority Whip.
Kaluma said that once the numbers issue was resolved, it would go a long way in addressing the issues on the ongoing electoral roll to solve and rearrange.
“There is a possibility that Homa Bay did not get a registration center based on these numbers. We cannot base it on speculation as demographics are different,” Kaluma said. < / p>
When asked for a letter from the chief, Chebukati said it was the only way for an election officer to ensure that a voter seeking a transfer had stayed in an electoral area for six months.