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DPP Haji orders EACC to probe voter transfers in Wajir, Garissa

The PIR indicated that five staff members in the elections body were involved.

In Summary

• The alleged transfers are contrary to sections 3 and 6 of the Election Offences Act, 2016.

• Haji said he received a letter forwarding Preliminary Investigation Report from IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein saying voters from Eldas in Wajir and Balambala in Garissa were being irregularly transferred.

EACC offices at Integrity Centre
EACC offices at Integrity Centre
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The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has directed the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission to look into the alleged irregular and illegal transfer of voters in Wajir and Garissa.

This is according to a letter dated Thursday, August 4, by Haji to EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak.

"I hereby direct that you institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegations and thereafter submit the resultant investigation file for perusal and further directions," the letter reads.

The alleged transfers are contrary to sections 3 and 6 of the Election Offences Act, 2016.

Haji said he received a letter forwarding Preliminary Investigation Report from IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein saying voters from Eldas in Wajir and Balambala in Garissa were being irregularly transferred.

The PIR indicated that five staff members in the elections body were involved.

They include; IEBC ICT officer Garissa Adan Salah, who is the former ICT officer in Wajir, Returning Officer Ijara Constituency and former RO Eldas Issack Muhumed and the RO Wajir North Abdulahi Musa Mohammed, who is also the former RO Balambala.

Others involved are, the former deputy RO Balambala Mohammed Maow Abdi and the RO Balambala Ali Noor Hussein.

On Wednesday, a new Audit report by KPMG showed that unauthorised people accessed the voter register database of IEBC.

It said the unauthorised users updated the voter register.

“Audit trails indicated that there were users who were not gazetted as returning officers or assistant returning officers who made updates to voter data,” the KPMG report read.

IEBC, however, denied that strangers accessed the system, saying its investigations established that the users were duly authorised.

“Investigations were carried out and the results showed that the voter update activities were performed by duly authorised registration officers,” IEBC said in its response to the KPMG query.

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