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Voters selling ID cards for KES 1 000 in Kisumu

01 March 2013, 14:28 Oduor Omondi

A section of aspirants gunning for various elective seats in Kisumu have raised concerns over the buying of identification cards urging the electorate to shun away from the vice since it will deprive them off their democratic right to vote.

FORD Kenya Kisumu central constituency candidate Abdulqadir Mohammed said unknown people have been traversing the lake side city offering ‘good money' in exchange of identification cards.

He challenged the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission to investigate the issue and crack the whip on people found engaging in the vice.

Nyando parliamentary candidate Jared Okello said vote buying is an offense under the Elections Act and could attract a fine of 1 million shillings or a jail term of up to six years or both.

It is pathetic to sell your right for KES 1 000

“We have credible information that there are people ditching out money to wananchi in exchange to their identification cards. It is pathetic that someone can sell his/her right for a mere KES 1000," said URP Kisumu central candidate Zuberi Liete

ID buying claims have mainly been reported in Kisumu slums and according to Kisumu police boss Musa Kongoli, investigations are ongoing to bring the culprits to book.

A section of boda boda operators reported that some people were offering between KES 1 000 - 5000 for their identification cards.

Alternative way of identifying voters

They urged the IEBC to come up with alternative way of identifying voters especially with the new technology to allow those who were hoodwinked to sell their ID cards and ensure those who lost theirs vote.

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