Shameful revelations are now coming out, as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission finally officially completes and closes the signatures verification process for the BBI report, a process that began late last year.
Although the most important milestone of the process was reached in late January when the commission verified a million signatures, which gave it the green light to proceed with processes ending in a referendum, it is only now that the entire exercise has now concluded.
However, even as the signature verification process comes to a successful end, its results raises crucial questions about the veracity of the signature collection process itself.
During the signature collection drive, there had been issues raised about the transparency, and straightforwardness of it all, with claims doing rounds that the Public Administration system was being used to coerce people. Chiefs were reportedly the most notorious offenders, allegedly using physical force to make people sign up.
The numbers that IEBC released would seem to back this.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced that a total of 3.18 million BBI signatures had been verified as it concluded the exercise. This is out of the 4.3 million signatures collected by the BBI team last year.
In a statement on Monday, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said 31,829 signatures were from supporters with incomplete details. This means, numbers of their passports, Identification Cards or even names were either missing, incomplete, or illegible. 456,079 were people who had valid details, but then went on to sign more than once which means, their duplicate submissions were disregarded. 7,549 were details of which could indeed be confirmed, but then no signatures had been appended to confirm they were the ones who offered the details. In the past, signature collection drives have been known to be notorious for soliciting people’s details from mobile money agents and such, and filling those details themselves. A whopping 668,578 were not in the register of voters and, curiously, only one, out of the more than 14, 000, 000 objected.