Voters protest transfers from their polling stations

Some registered voters in Homa Bay Town Sub County have protested after their names were transferred to other polling stations.

Those affected include some voters who had registered as voters at Sango Academy in Arujo Ward in Homa Bay Town constituency but were shocked to learn that they had been transferred to new stations.

Emanuel Mwita who was affected by the changes said they realized the changes when they were doing verification in Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices.

He said some of them were transferred to stations in Gem West ward in Rangwe constituency while others are in Homa Bay town central ward.

“I found my name moved from Sango Academy to a polling station in Kachar Primary school in Rangwe constituency without my consent,” he said. He urged IEBC officials to rectify the anomalies without delay to stem the confusions.

Bernard Ododa lamented that his name was moved from Sango Academy to Municipal Hall in Homa bay Town Central ward.

Ododa said some of the affected voters may lack money for transport to their new polling stations.

Homa Bay Senate seat aspirant Michael Kojo has written to IEBC to act on the matter, so as to avoid unnecessary voter apathy amongst the affected residents.

When contacted, Homa Bay Town IEBC Returning Officer Gregory Odhiambo acknowledged the changes saying that they moved voters from Sango Academy to Arujo Chiefs Camp after the school owner demanded payment for use of the facility.

Odhiambo said the Commission had no budget to pay the school proprietor. He said the IEBC also transferred voters from stations which had more than the capping of 2,358 registered voters.

Arujo Chiefs Camp is about 400 metres from Sango Academy.



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