By Oduor Ongâ€™wen
Yesterday, the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Tribunal ruled that Kethi Diana Kilonzo is not a registered voter and therefore ineligible to vie for Makueni senatorial seat. The verdict raises more questions of integrity touching on IEBC:
1. IEBC claims that the IEBC Acknowledgement Slip was among four that were â€˜reported missingâ€™ from the booklet that was used to register former President Kibaki. When was this report filed? To whom (IEBC Chairman Isaack Hassan claimed he was hearing about the purported missing slips for the first time)?
2. Was the matter of stolen or missing slips reported to the police? What is the OB number?
3. The Makueni Returning Officer who cleared Ms Kilonzo was an agent of IEBC fully briefed about the law and election rules. He must have examined the documents and consulted if in doubt before declaring Kethi Kilonzo eligible to stand in the by-elections. At what stage did they discover the anomaly? Which register was used?
4. Was IEBC tribunal competent to listen to a matter challenging an action of IEBC?
5. How did TNA obtain details of Ms Kilonzoâ€™s IEBC Acknowledgement Slip long before it was presented? Did they have access to information that neither Ms Kilonzo nor IEBCâ€™s Returning Officer did not have? How did they get this if TNA was not in bed with IEBC?
The IEBC was unable to explain white-outs in the so-called Green Book and superimposition of new names.
I am not averring that Ms Kilonzo was a registered voter. I have no competence to doÂ that. Kenyans are entitled to answers to the foregoing questions.