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Uhuru deliberately stopping voter registration, Mudavadi says

17 March 2016, 21:36

Nairobi - The government has deliberately sabotaged the IEBC, opposition chief Musalia Mudavadi says.

In a press statement carried by the Daily Nation, Mudavadi said that the government had deliberately refused to give the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) the KES 2 billion it had requested for during the current financial year, resulting in the financial difficulties.

Mr Mudavadi dismissed President Kenyatta’s promise that the government would give IEBC more funds to enable it conduct a door-to-door voter registration exercise throughout the country terming it a gimmick to hoodwink Kenyans that it was committed to free and fair elections.

“Though belated, the President has woken up to reality I have been talking about. We know it is the Executive that deleted allocations to IEBC in the last Budget.  IEBC was saved by Parliament which allocated it an insulting KES 500 million instead of the KES 2 billion it had requested,” said the ANC leader.

In a report on The Standard, the President stated that the government would add more funds to the IEBC purse to help with voter registration.

Speaking in Nakuru County on Wednesday, President Kenyatta said the government was committed to giving the electoral body extra funds to enable it conduct a door-to-door campaign nationwide.

He did not however specify how much the government was ready to give the agency to achieve its target of eight million new voters before the next General Election.

Mr Kenyatta further directed the National Bureau of Registration to speed up the issuance of national identity cards for the young people to participate in the 2017 poll.

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