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Kidero claims ‘night voter registration’ signs of rigging in Nairobi

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero has made sensational claims of an ongoing clandestine voter registration aimed at rigging elections in the capital city.

Dr Kidero said the secret registration is being conducted using biometric kits assigned to the National Youth Service (NYS) and is meant to rig the Nairobi gubernatorial election in favour of a pre-determined candidate.

He claimed, without evidence, that such a clandestine registration was conducted on the night of February 13, 2017  at the Administration Police camp in Embakasi West, at Super Loaf Primary School, Moslem and PCEA Karura in Runda.

“NYS is a government institution which in the past have gazetted their recruitment and published the recruitment dates ahead of the exercise and this development raises pertinent questions that demand immediate answers,” said Dr Kidero.

“Why is the recruitment confined to only Kenyan ethnic community and excludes the other 41 ethnic groups especially in NASA strongholds?” he posed.

REFUTED CLAIMS

On Monday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) refuted claims that NYS personnel were being used to register voters.

“The Ministry (of Devolution and Planning) has confirmed that it has been carrying out NYS Cohort Biometric Registration but not registration of voters,” said Andrew Limo, IEBC media and communications manager.

“We believe that the NYS biometric cohort registration was ill-timed especially when the Commission is undertaking voter registration campaign. Even as the investigations continue, the Commission has requested the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to suspend the NYS Cohort Biometric Registration until the process of preparing the register of voters has been completed,” added Mr Limo.