Raila links NIS to election fraud, voter listing in Uganda and Ethiopia

Cord leader Raila Odinga, Central Nyanza IEBC coordinator George Oyugi and Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma during mobilisation for voter registration in Kisumu, January 19, 2017. /MAURICE ALAL

Cord leader Raila Odinga has claimed the NIS is interfering with voter registration election fraud by listing people in Uganda and Ethiopia.

IEBC launched its second phase of mass voter listing on January 16 and intends to register between four to six million new voters. The exercise will end on February 14.

Raila has been leading campaigns for voters to register ahead of the August 8 poll but has categorically stated that he will not accept “results of a rigged election”.

“The National Intelligence Service interference is aimed at influencing results the same way it did in 2007 and 2013,” the opposition leader said in a statement on Tuesday.

Raila said the malpractice involves taking BVR kits to Uganda and Ethiopia and assisting their citizens to register for the poll.

“NIS is also assisting the citizens of these countries to acquire Kenyan identification documents, cross into Kenya and register as voters,” he said.

He added that the agency was also registering youths, whose data was collected through the “dubious National Youth Service”, without their knowledge.

Raila reported double registration of his ID number after the Interior ministry said Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka lied about a similar occurrence.

“This NIS-driven process is responsible for the multiple registrations, shared identity card numbers and many cases of people who are captured as registered when they had never done so,” he said.

The Cord leader said the NIS must let the IEBC do its work as an independent institution.

“It is a disgrace and a betrayal of public trust when an institution that is supposed to safeguard the interests of the nation takes the lead in undermining those very interests,” he said.

He regretted that an intelligence agency was taking part in one of the most serious crimes by a public institution.

“This country will never accept another NIS-led electoral theft. NIS will break down this nation and send it to the dogs if it continues on this path of seeking to influence election results by way of fraud,” he said.

Raila challenged the agency to come clean and assure the country that it was abandoning its “disgraceful involvement” in voter registration.

“It must do this with the full awareness that there will be no country if it does not abandon the course it is currently pursuing,” he said.”Kenyans are not prepared to have the NIS choose their next leader for them again.”

Jubilee and Cord are geared up for a do-or-die battle for voters as the IEBC embarks on its final registration. They have been strategising on how to capitalise on the drive and are leaving nothing to chance.

Elected leaders, aspirants and supporters are being mobilised and both sides will have teams on the ground to motivate eligible voters and collected uncollected ID cards.

They will closely monitor the process and know the location of the essential, eligible but unregistered voters.

More than 15.8 million Kenyans are registered to vote. This could rise to more than 24 million if those yet to register turn up, the electoral agency’s CEO Ezra Chiloba said on Monday.

The first round of the exercise, in March last year, signed up only 1.4 million voters, far short of its targeted four million. Voter apathy, poor organisation and lack of education were blamed.

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