Jubilee warns poll team over Cord voter kits figures

Thursday February 18 2016

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The Jubilee Coalition has warned the electoral commission against reviewing the voter registration to suit Cord leaders.

Majority Leader Aden Duale also accused the rival Cord coalition of presenting false numbers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Tuesday at their Anniversary Towers headquarters in Nairobi.

This came as the polls agency released a list of how it had distributed 5,756 biometric voter registration kits in the 47 counties.

Mr Duale accused the commission of undermining its independence by meeting Cord leaders outside the established laws that govern elections, political parties and the management of the electoral commission.

“There are forums provided for in law where you can invite all stakeholders for a meeting. You’re setting a very bad precedent,” said Mr Duale at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.

He said the electoral commission had determined the distribution of the kits based on criteria stipulated in the Constitution and it was improper to seek the input of other interested parties.

Mr Duale criticized the meeting between election officials and Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula  and alleged that they had asked the commission to help them set up a secretariat. 


Mr Duale gave electoral commission chairman 24 hours to respond to the allegation or face unspecified action. His remarks constitute the Jubilee Coalition’s political reaction to the allegations by the Cord leaders.

On Tuesday, Mr Odinga called for a review of the distribution of the registration kits, claiming there was a plan to disenfranchise Cord strongholds by giving them fewer kits while favouring Jubilee-dominated areas.

The electoral commission told him promptly the kits were distributed in a formula contained in the Constitution.

Mr Odinga compared the distributed kits in Murang’a versus Kilifi, Taita Taveta versus Nyandarua and Nairobi versus Nyandarua.

But Mr Duale alleged that the numbers presented by Cord were based on the number of Kenyans with identity cards and projections of potential voters, which are not factual.

Yesterday, the electoral commission released a list showing that Kakamega, Nakuru, Kitui,  Kiambu and Turkana were among counties allocated the most registration kits.

According to the list, Kakamega has 228 machines to cover 904 polling centres, Nakuru has 202 to cover its 899 centres, Kitui  has 186 for 1,318 centres while Kiambu and Turkana have 182 each.

Nairobi and Meru counties have 178  and 176 respectively. Other counties with many kits are Bungoma with 174, Wajir 170, Garissa 164 and Homa Bay 154.

Cord leaders on Tuesday claimed the distribution was skewed in favour of Jubilee-dominated areas to the disadvantage of Cord.

Mr Musyoka of the Wiper party said that the opposition would not tolerate what he claimed was attempts at pre-election rigging.