Over 90,000 of the 19,647,835 voters registered by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as at the end of the second Mass Voter Registration are said to be dead, as revealed by an audit of the voter’s register by KPMG ahead of the August polls.
According to a report by KPMG, which was handed to the IEBC, there are about 2,390,054 estimated deaths between 2012 and 2016 but only 970,895 were captured by the Civil Registration Department (CRS).
“We’ve identified that 92,277 of the records in the IEBC register have exact details matching the records of deaths we obtained from the CRS. The work of the IEBC is therefore simple, it is to go and expunge them off the register,” KPMG’s head of Information Technology Advisory Services Gerald Kasimu said.
The audit has revealed a total of 2,900,089 records in the register with inconsistent details ranging from date of birth, gender, names and other particulars. For instance, KPMG noted that 17,523 records in the voter’s list were backed up by invalid passport references with KPMG Chief Executive Officer Josphat Mwaura urging the IEBC to educate voters who will vote with their passports on the legislation requiring them to be valid by the time of going to the ballot.
“There’s need for clarification on the use of expired passports. If you used a passport to register and the passport expires buy August 8, as matter stand now you will not be able to vote. Holders of such passports need to be informed so that they can do whatever is necessary to renew them promptly,” Mwaura said.
171,476 records in the register were also found bearing invalid identification numbers when crosschecked with the National Registration Bureau while another 264,242 listed voters had duplicate, missing or invalid registration documents (National Identity Cards of Passports).
IEBC awarded KPMG the contract of conducting an audit of the voter’s in December last year and the audit firm kicked off the process of verifying the voter’s register in April.