IEBC to account for extra ballot papers, dispels rigging rumors

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba (L) together with IEBC commision chair Wafula Chebukati (R) in a past meeting.PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has refuted claims that the extra ballot papers will be used for rigging in the August general elections.

Addressing the media in Nairobi on Wednesday, IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba dispelled rumours making rounds of the extra papers being used for rigging.

“The extra Presidential ballot papers are due to a logistical situation where the printing was done in batches of 50 hence some polling stations with lesser registers voters have more,but each of those ballot papers will be accounted for.” Said Chiloba

Chiloba also added that all presidential candidates were informed of the extra ballot papers way before the printing hence calling for transparency in the issue.

Thirdway Alliance Presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot on Tuesday urged IEBC  to destroy the 1.2 million extra ballot papers meant for the August 8th polls.

Aukot said he was worried that politicians could get fraught given the availability of extra ballot papers at a polling station.

IEBC on it’s part on Monday released a document detailing the packaging of the presidential ballot papers to alleviate fears of possible misuse of the extra papers to manipulate the polls.

In the document, IEBC listed each of the 290 constituencies, their respective total number of registered voters, and number of ballot papers to be delivered.

The document shows that no polling station will have more than 700 ballot papers.

The Opposition has however refuted the explanation and demanded that the commission explain how the papers will be accounted for.