Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday made damning allegations fingering the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), accusing it of expunging close to 1M votes in his strongholds from the voter’s register.
Speaking when he hosted diplomats from the European Union at his Karen residence in Nairobi, DP Ruto described the move to remove voters in his strongholds from the register as part of the wider scheme by state agents and election officials to rig Raila Odinga.
”We expect that everybody who is concerned including EU to try and get as much detail as possible both from the electoral commission and these public officials on what all this is all about and how did close to a million names disappear from the register. And many of those names are from what we consider our stronghold. It is a clear attempt to try some monkey games, “ the deputy president said.
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”We do not believe they will succeed but these attempts are a source of concern to Kenyans. We are ready to work with the electoral commission and friends to deliver credible elections,” DP Ruto added.
However, in response, IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati rubbished claims by the UDA leader and assured Kenyans their data was safe with the electoral commission and that there have been no breaches in their servers.
”I want to assure that the register of voters is intact. I want to assure them that their data is safe; the register has not been breached and we shall have a final register by June 9. We had 19.6 million registered voters in 2017, and now we have 22.5 million. That register is under audit,” Wafula Chebukati said during a press briefing at the Bomas of Kenya on Thursday afternoon.