The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has come under increased criticism for the manner in which it handled the March 4 poll. Counsel George Oraro acting for the Cord coalition and presidential candidate Raila Odinga said that the IEBC failed in three areas: the voter registration process, the actual voting process with regards to form 34 and form 36, and the failure by the IEBC to transmit the votes electronically. Oraro said that the process of voter registration was improperly done and that it is still not clear how many people were registered last October. He alleged that with the lack of a principal register, the number of number of registered voters was as yet unknown. Oraro further argued that the unsigned form 34 meant that the actual number of voters could not be verified.
He said that there was constant amendments to the register even after February 18 which was the official closing date of the voter register. “The compilation of the register and the registration breached the law,” Oraro said.
Cord’s second point of contention according to Oraro was the voting process itself in which he alleges that the error of transferring the information form 34 to form 36 suggests there was ill intent from the beginning. “The voting process was marred by irregularities… we do not know how many people voted. We only know the results,” Oraro said.
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