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IEBC on the spot as voter verification platform errs

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. FILE PHOTO | NMG
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

The electoral body is on the spot as its newly launched SMS voter verification platform returned results even for non-existent national identity numbers.

To check registration status, a voter texts the ID number to the code 70000 and immediately receives a detailed message confirming name, county, polling station code and ward.

Many who sent random ID numbers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) platform soon realised that voters’ details still came up even when single and double digit figures were used as ID numbers.

For instance, “0” yielded results for Stanley Gitari Muchira of Kirinyaga who is registered at Rwambiti Primary School.

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