Voter register audit should be stopped immediately – ODM

Voter register audit should be stopped immediately – ODM

A section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders have threatened to lead protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) if the ongoing voter register audit is not stopped.

Led by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the leaders said that the move by IEBC to contract audit firm, KPMG, to audit the voter register was mischievous saying that the process should be led by the new commissioners yet to be named.

Oparanya, who is also the ODM deputy party leader, said that the outgoing IEBC commissioners should have vacated office and should not be transacting any business on behalf of the polls body.

The Kakamega Governor said that the voter register auditing process can be conducted three months to the elections saying that by contracting KPMG, the IEBC is working in cahoots with the Jubilee administration to rig the August 8, 2017 elections.

Oparanya’s remarks come at a time when by both the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and Jubilee are pointing fingers at each other over alleged plans to rig the elections.

On Tuesday, December 20, a special sitting of the National Assembly convened by Speaker Justin Muturi ended in disarray after Members of Parliament from the opposition coalition disrupted proceedings in a bid to stop a move by the Jubilee faction to amend the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2016.

The Jubilee MPs have proposed a raft of changes to the election laws including the use of manual system of voting in the event the technology-based model fails, a move the opposition says will lead to rigging of the elections in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Wednesday, December 21, Speaker Muturi convened yet another special sitting on Thursday, December 22 to discuss the proposed amendments to the election laws.

Oparanya said that Jubilee was in panic mode following the formation of the National Super Alliance (NASA), which brings together the CORD and Amani National Congress (ANC) coalitions.

He said that the opposition will not accepted a rigged election calling on the electorate from across the country to get ready with their voters’ cards to elect Odinga as the President.

He called on Musalia Mudavadi of ANC, CORD co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula, KANU’s Gideon Moi and Chama cha Mashinani’s Isaac Ruto to back the Odinga’s candidature if the opposition is to emerge victorious.

Oparanya was speaking during a public function in Kakamega on Tuesday.