Why Mwai Kibaki will not vote in August

IEBC systems return a "Records not found" error when his ID number is keyed in.

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Former President Mwai Kibaki. PHOTO: MONICAH MWANGI/THE STAR

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is not out of the woods yet as far as the controversy surrounding the voter register goes, if anything, it seems to be getting deeper into the mud as days go by.

Things went south when the Wafula Chebukati-led electoral body allowed Kenyans to verify their voter registration details using mobile phones and an online portal.

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IEBC officials take the biometrics of a voter. PHOTO: THE STAR

A sizeable chunk of the electorate soon started saying that they had discovered disparities when they keyed in their ID numbers.

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Some including the National Super Alliance (NASA) chief Raila Odinga noted their dead relatives still appeared in the register noting. He said his late son Fidel Odinga’s details appear in the voter roll yet he is dead.

The Opposition continues to bash IEBC saying it did not expunge over one million dead voters whoa are said to be still in the register.

According to Nasa, audit firm KPMG found 1,037,260 dead voters in the master roll but IEBC only deleted 88,602 leaving 968, 558 dead voters in the register even as the latter quashed any worries about the issue saying there is no way to link their systems to that one of the registrar of persons. It added that the issue would not be a problem as biometrics will be used during voting.

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There are now claims that retired president Mwai Kibaki is not a registered voter after a curious journalist keyed in Kibaki’s ID number 0000002 only to discover he is not a registered voter.

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Kibaki is not a registered voter. /TWITTER

This is despite the retired president having registered as a voter back in November 2012, just a few months before Kenyans went to the polls in March 2013.

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Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki (right) registering as a voter during the official launch of the Electronic Voter Registration in Nairobi on November 19, 2012. PHOTO: PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

The former head of State was the first to be registered by IEBC by the virtue that he launched the voter registration campaign.