the auditing exercise will be finalised on January 15, next year
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH DEC,2016– Audit firm, KPMG started auditing the voters register on Monday following the award of a contract by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) last week.
KPMG IS among 12 companies that had placed bids for the tender to scrutinize the list of 15.85 million registered voters.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said the exercise will be finalised on January 15, next year.
The audit is meant to authenticate genuine voters in the register by weeding out ghost voters.
But CORD leader Raila Odinga and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi who have teamed up on a super alliance, NASA, insist the company has no experience to handle the job and have vowed to challenge the process in court.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Sunday castigated the Opposition leaders and accused them of ‘frequent meddling with the IEBC’s mandate.”
IEBC had initially set the scrutiny to end on January 3, 2017 but in the revised timeline, the process will be completed by February 17, 2017 after verification and approval by Parliament.
The audit process was sanctioned by Parliament following recommendations of a 14-member Joint Parliamentary Select Committee which reached a consensus allowing an audit of the voter register instead of fresh registration of voters as had been proposed by the opposition side of the committee.