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Twitter Users Call Out Fraudulent Voter Registration in Kenya

BY Julia Wetherell | Tuesday, January 8 2013

Screengrab from the Kenya Independent Electoral Boundaries Committee's website

Voter registration fraud in Kenya has been brought to the fore by Twitter users in the country, who are taking issue with political parties illegally inflating the number of their supporters.

The Kenyan elections are set to take place on March 4 of this year, and the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) fell far short of its goal of registering 18 million voters before the deadline late last month. Last week, a disturbing trend emerged as Kenyan Twitter users began aggregating stories of voters finding themselves registered for the wrong party. Political parties in Kenya are only eligible to back candidates in the election if they have at least 2,000 registered members. In the rush to meet the required numbers, it now appears that various parties unlawfully took voter ID numbers and added them to their registration lists.

Twitter uses have been tracking the extent of the fraud at #FakePartyMembersKe. Different accounts have voters unknowingly having their party registration switched, whereas others were registered without ever intending to join a specific party. While the IEBC has yet to announced how the involved parties will be disciplined before the election, Kenyan voters have been encouraging each other to check their voter registration status online.

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