Video: Jeff Koinange grills IEBC Chairman over Diaspora Vote

DIASPORA VOTE – THE QUAGMIRE CONTINUES.As the rest of the country registers to vote in the March 4th polls, the IEBC continues to kick the Diaspora Vote ball around with not even an effort to start the registration of eligible voters abroad.

In an interview with Jeff Koinange on Capital Talk -K24, the chairman of the IEBC Issack Hassan shrugged off the ‘notion’ that there are more than 3 million kenyans abroad and nonchalantly discounted the Diasporas efforts to force the IEBC to hear them quipping that “they wanted us to expand the voting locations and the high court dismissed the case stating that the IEBC has got the right to determine when and how they are going to conduct their business”.

Despite having personally visited the US on five different occasions (among other countries) purportedly to seek the diasporas input and to map out the voting logistics, Chairman Hassan seemed to blame the uncertainties on the Kenyan diaspora vote on the alleged non-availability of records on Kenyans living abroad.

Though the question was not asked, Mr. Hassan missed out on the opportunity to explain the delay in the diaspora voter registration. So far, no official communication has been forthcoming on the delivery of the BVR kits to the 47 missions, the status of the registration or how long the registration period will be (assuming that registration shall commence) since the ongoing registration in Kenya is set to end on December 19th.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

Video courtesy of CAPITAL TALK – K24

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