Kenya audits finds 250,000 dead people on voters’ roll

Kenya’s electoral agency says an ongoing audit of its voters’ roll has found the names of nearly 250,000 deceased voters on the register.

Nearly half-a-million more voters were found to have duplicate records and more than 226,000 people were registered using documents that do not belong to them.

Others had registered with invalid documents, said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in a statement on the anomalies that affect more than a million people.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said that because of the “implementation of the preliminary audit findings” the commission would delay certifying the final register for publication.

The commission earlier said it would publish the register of voters on or before June 9 but has pushed that to June 20 as it seeks to address the findings by KPMG, the firm contracted to do the audit.

Electoral irregularities in past elections in Kenya have led to deadly violence. This year’s elections will be held on August 9.

Four presidential candidates have been cleared to run in the election – David Mwaure, George Wajackoyah, Raila Odinga and William Ruto.

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