KPMG has until June 9 to finalise voter register audit

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A complete register of voters to participate in the August 9 General election will be made public in two weeks, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has disclosed.

This, according to the commission, succeeds the voter verification exercise and completion of the voter register audit being undertaken by Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG).

The audit firm which also won the contract in 2017 began the process last month.

The nationwide electronic verification exercise by IEBC kicked off on May 4 and comes to a close on June 2.

It will give an opportunity to voters to confirm their biometric data and if their particulars were captured correctly.

Commission’s chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the independent audit was ongoing and that the recommendations by the firm shall be adopted before being gazetted.

“The deliberations are going to be made public with the recommendations by the body being approved and incorporated in the final register. This will be ready on or before June 9 and made available to Kenyans so that it is clear who will vote,” he said.

IEBC suspended new voter registration last month until March next year in what he argued would affect the verification exercise.

The agency’s pronouncement comes amidst fears from a section of leaders and other players over a delay by the commission in releasing the report.

Kenya Kwanza presidential campaign Director General Josphat Nanok on Monday told IEBC to disclose the report so that they can know the corrective actions to be put in place.

“We want the commission to make public the raw certified copies of the principal voter register and the copies of specified register because this is a major interest as we move forward,” Nanok said during a meeting with the electoral body’s officials.

As part of its recommendations in its previous report, KPMG asked IEBC to work with the civil registrar department to obtain a full list of deceased persons for the last four years.

It found inaccuracies and irregularities in the register where thousands of voters had their ID details not in the national registration bureau.

It also established that a total of 11,104 deceased voters had been expunged from the register since 2012 and out of these only 30 had been removed since 2013.

In the last election, there were 19.6 million voters on the IEBC register while in the 2013 principal register there were 14.3 million.

Statistics from the civil registrar indicated that total expected deaths since January 2012 to December 2016 was 1.5 million with the actual deaths being 435,175.

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