The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) has urged Kenyans to verify whether they recorded their information to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) or not after the successful submission of the various parties.

The commission has this week verified the signatures of the BBI Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill after a three weeks long review process of the data capture of the hand copy information by the commission.

While the commission has verified the data, the commission has gone public to announce that voters can confirm if they rightfully signed the bill.

The Commission undertook a data cleaning exercise by removing incomplete records of the data I identifying missing signatures, ID Numbers or Names, and those not in the voter’s records. Further, the Commission has gone ahead to upload a list of verified supporters
on to its website, this will enable them to confirm the details. Those who have been captured as supporters without their consent can report to the Commission by writing to the Ag and submit them Monday 25th of January at 5:00 pm

Speaking on the verification process, the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said “Anyone who has been captured as a supporter without their consent can report to the commission by writing to the Acting Commission Secretary/Chief Executive Officer indicating their objections,”

He added, “The Commission would like to clarify that the data capture and verification process is still going on as planned and should any supporter miss their name in the interim list then it is still at the verification stage. A full list of all verified supporters shall be published at the end of the exercise.”

Why the verification process is important

There are so many malpractices during the verification processes that would lead to errors in the identification of individuals.

Also, as earlier mentioned above, there are people who might find their information maliciously included in the verification to increase the numbers.

Verification also helps the commission to know whether the information is given exhibits a true and fair view of the state which is in the interest of the people of Kenya.