MKENYA DAIMA ATTENDS A STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FORUM IN RESPECT OF THE IEBC AUDIT OF THE REGISTER OF VOTERS BY KPMG

Mkenya Daima attended the KPMG stakeholder forum on 15th May 2017 at the Norfolk Hotel. The objective of the forum was for KPMG to share the audit report to verify the accuracy of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) register, recommend mechanisms of enhancing accuracy of the register and update the register. Within the Kenyan context relating to voter register, the commission expects that IEBC would conduct an audit to rebuild trust of the registrar. The audit is anchored on Article 1 (2) of the Constitution of Kenya which secures the sovereign power of the people of Kenya.

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The forum also aimed at sharing the methodology and approach to the audit, expected outcomes and to address any queries that various stakeholders may have.

KPMG through its senior researchers shared the methodology of the registered voter audit process which involved the following key steps;

  • Legal Framework– in this initial stage, KPMG will seek to understand the various laws governing the elections. Laws to be reviewed include the current Constitution of Kenya, Kenyan Elections Laws, Kenya Citizens and Foreign Nationals Act.
  • Systems and Processes Review– this will involve review of the recruitment of voter registration personnel, voter registration process (including Biometrics administration, Transfer of voters, Voter Register Update process), Quality assurance and Validation processes, Inspection and verification Processes and Biometric data registration database process.
  • Data Sets– This will include review of certified data sets as of 2013, update of the additional registered and the mass voter registration.
  • Analytics– During this stage, KPMG will check for duplicates, orphaned or incomplete records, establishment of existence of relevant details (Name, ID, Gender and Biometric Information). KPMG will do data comparison with references information from Register of Persons, passports, deaths, Births and National Population data.
  • Reporting– submission of recommendations to enhance accuracy of the Voter Register. This is with an aim of ensuring credible register to inspire confidence in the credibility of the voter register which is an acceptable foundation for free and fair 2017 elections.

Among the issues raised in regard to the voter register audit included credibility of the cross referencing data, the availability of a feasible communication plan and the follow up plan of the recommendations resulting from the findings.

Please see below download link to the presentation by KPMG. Please review and give your feedback/ comments to secretariat@mkenyadaima.co.ke and we shall pass them to KPMG.

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