Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has suspended voters registration in Migingo island after two clerks were arrested on Tuesday 8th March and their voter registration equipment impounded by Uganda police officers.
IEBC had targeted to register Kenyan voters, mostly fishermen and traders who reside on the island. The two clerks were quickly taken to the makeshift Uganda Police Station on the island for further interrogation. The Ugandan Police stated that,
“IEBC headquarters in Nairobi must write to us stating why the team was sent here without our knowledge yet they know that this Island is under dispute. We will detain the BVR machine until we are convinced what their mission to the Island was of good course. we cannot just be ambushed here by people carrying machines we know nothing about”.
After receiving the report, Migori County Head of Police, David Kirui stated that “We are trying to have them released immediately including the BVR machine,”
The incident ignited a protests from Kenyans on the island, who insisted that they must be registered as voters.