Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi has slammed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission over failure to provide a voter register for the Kibra by-election.
Speaking to K24 TV’s ThisMorning Show on Monday, Elachi said the document should have been available to the public a long time ago.
“So we have no register, how did we, first of all, do the nominations? Because you needed the registrar to know that those who have come for nominations are also voters.
I am shocked, It is wrong if we don’t have a register. So how are the parties preparing for the election? We have independent candidates so they don’t have a register?” questioned Elachi.
The City speaker went ahead and castigated the electoral body saying it should have been disbanded a long time ago.
“In fact, where the Parliament has done to us wrong is to continue having an IEBC that took us to the nullification of a presidential election. That we still have them? That they are going to do to us boundaries how? It is unfair to the country.
They took us to the nullification of a presidential election which means we had put the country in the lowest moment. So it is not right whether for an Independent candidate, Jubilee or whether ODM has no voter register,” added the City Speaker.
Elachi’s remarks come at the backdrop of ODM’s accusations towards the electoral body over plot to rig the by-election.
In a press briefing held roughly a week ago, the Orange party led by its Chairman John Mbadi and Director of Election Junet Mohamed claimed that the IEBC had an irregular motive with the by-election no wonder they had not provided the voter register.
“With three weeks to the by-election, and there being no commitment by the Commission to provide the updated voter register requested by the party, we are left with no option but to question the motive behind the hide and seek game that we are being subjected to,” Mbadi said.
The party member later met the electoral body over the matter but until the time of writing this piece the voter register is yet to be made public by the electoral body.