A voter verifying his details with IEBC officials at Moi Avenue Primary School, Nairobi. [Photo/the-star]
In case a voter finds their particulars are missing or incorrect, in the ongoing biometric verification of voters’ register, they fill a claim form availed by the verification clerks.
The exercise which kicked off Thursday, May 11, 2017, is proceeding with minimal hitches, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The form is then taken to the constituency registration officer who carry out a background search to determine if a claim is genuine.
Subsequently, IEBC said the Commission will update the details and the registration officer would inform the voter of the rectification through the contact details provided in the claim form.
”It is critical that the voter provides correct contact details for follow up,” chairman Wafula Chebukati said, in a communication, Thursday.
The Commission also dispelled some reports in relation to the biometric verification exercise, saying:
”This exercise is neither a part of early voting nor a scheme for advance rigging of the elections as being peddled;
Your details as a voter will not be erased from the register when you verify;
The KIEMS kit that is in use for the verification exercise is incapable of telling one’s HIV status therefore Kenyans should not shy away; and
The biometric verification is not a way to share details of voters with security agencies.”
“We urge every registered Kenyan voter to check their biometric details before 9th June, 2017 as that will guarantee their participation in the general elections,” he urged.
Chebukati indicated all steps were being taken in line with existing law to ensure that the final register was clean and credible before the August 8, general elections on 8th August, 2017.
“Unlike in previous elections, the Commission is well ahead of time in preparation of the register of voters.”