ODM faults IEBC

Written By Michael Maunda on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 11:28 PM

ODM chair of the national election board Franklin Bett  has expressed dissatisfaction with delays in polling centres across the country. Bett has said polling is still ongoing in various centres in Ongata Rongai, Kiminini and Kitale constituency long after midnight.

Bett said that  the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission had given an assurance that voting will only be extended until 12 am in areas that have experienced delays or long queues.

Bett said that it is a “violation” for IEBC to relay results while polling is still ongoing saying that these will influence voters how are yet to cast their ballots.

Bett claimed that voting in some areas began “on the wrong footing” as the polling book used to register voters forcing officials to identify voters manually.

He added that the IEBC server in various centres also collapsed for close to 6 hours in some polling centres but the IEBC did not give voters in these halls an explanation stating that this will affect the credibility of the process.

ODM secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o expressed concerns that agents from ODM have been barred from various polling centres. Nyong’o however expressed confidence that ODM will win the election stating that the party has been undertaking its own tallying whose results are different from those relayed by the IEBC.