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Poll agency orders probe as leaflets warning against voter listing found

Monday December 3 2012

PHOTO | FILE Security officers keep guard as electoral commission clerks register voters at Ng’ombeni Primary School in Kwale County in November.

PHOTO | FILE Security officers keep guard as electoral commission clerks register voters at Ng’ombeni Primary School in Kwale County in November. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By BOZO JENJE [email protected]

Leaflets urging people not to participate in the coming General Election have been found in Majaoni in Kisauni constituency.

South Coast Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) coordinator Amina Soud said they impounded the leaflets at a village in Kisauni at the weekend with the words “Msijihusishe na kura. Msichukue kura (Do not participate in elections. Do not register as voters).

Ms Soud said the IEBC had the asked Kisauni police boss to investigate the matter.

In Kwale County, panic gripped residents of Ng’ombeni village after youth were reportedly spotted recording names of those seen at registration centres.

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Some residents claimed the youth were members of Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).

“As a result, people are afraid to continue registering as voters because they don’t know the motive behind those recording the names,” said a resident, who refused to be named for fear of being victimised.

At the same time, the IEBC accused some politicians of ferrying people to register as voters at particular centres in Coast Province.

Ms Soud said IEBC some aspirants and residents had complained that people were being ferried in vehicles to register in particular constituencies.

She, however, noted that it was difficult acting against the culprits as it was not clear whether people going to register as voters in large groups were breaking the law.

“What we know is illegal is that potential voters should not turn up in vehicles with candidates’ posters or banners,” she said.

She added that the electoral commission was also facing a challenge stemming the vice since no one was willing to testify against the culprits.

She said the electoral commission had received reports of voter importation in Kwale, Tana River, Malindi, Mombasa  and Taita Taveta counties.

Last week, Mombasa Deputy Mayor John Mcharo reported to the IEBC that a politician was ferrying people to register in the new Nyali constituency.

Mr Mcharo alleged that the aspirant was openly importing people from outside the constituency.

“We are asking the IEBC to tell us whether this is legal or not. If it is lawful we have a lot of time and capacity to ferry people from outside our constituency to vote for us,” he said.

Kilifi governor aspirant Gabriel Katana said the issue of voter importation should be taken seriously since it could trigger animosity among the aspirants and threaten peace.

“It is common knowledge that people are being imported from Tana River County to Malindi County yet IEBC and the security agents are reluctant to act,” Prof Katana said.

He went on: “It is surprising that lodges in Malindi are full of visitors from the neighbouring constituencies. We urge IEBC to take the matter seriously.”