Two voters have petitioned the IEBC Matayos constituency, Busia County to register them a fresh after their names went missing from the voters registers .
Peter Nambia and Yunisi Onyango went to Burumba Primary School to verify their biodata in the ongoing voter verification exercise only to find their names missing from the register.
Matayos constituency Retuning Officer Cyril Etyang’ said the two voters were given to fill form E; Notice of claims forms, adding that the claim shall be addressed within three days after receipt of the claim forms.
Etyang urged voters to take an initiative of verifying their Biometric data with the IEBC from the stations next to them to avoid disappointment during the general elections when they find their names missing.
Addressing the press in his office on Tuesday, the RO clarified on the objectives of the register verification and inspection aimed at dealing with challenges that arose from the second mass voter registration.
“We are currently involved in verification and inspection of registers. We are dealing with challenges that emanated from MVRII. We are also working on objections and claims within the period of three days upon receipt, ” Said Etyang.
Etyang added that anyone who is a registered voter is entitled to go and verify his or her details. He cited limited support from the political class in mobilizing the voters to turn up for the exercise.
”We have not had good support from political class may be owing to their preoccupation in the nomination exercise. I know with time they will sensitize the voters on the need to verify their biodata
The RO clarified that with the verification it would cause a slight change in the number of registered voters in the county that currently stands at 327,000. ” We expect at least 5% increase (16,000) new voters to add onto the current 327,000 in the County.”
Etyang expressed his faith in the new technology machines that have not disappointed them citing the instance of Matayos where they have not experienced technicalities right from the batteries, machines among others.
Photo: A voter Joseph Oduor (left) being attended by IEBC clerk at Busia Polytechnic on Tuesday in the ongoing voter verification exercise that entered day six on Tuesday. Voter Educator Stacy Anne looks on.