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IEBC denies losing laptop with vital data on Nairobi voter registration

The electoral commission said on Tuesday that its laptop was not stolen at a voter registration centre in Nairobi last Friday.

However, the Gigiri police division boss, where the registration centre falls, Mr Vitalis Otieno, said they were investigating the theft.

“A laptop, Sh600 in cash and the two booklets belonging to electoral commission was stolen and we are investigating,” he said.

But the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Tuesday said it did not lose any laptop during the theft at the City Primary School registration centre in Starehe.

Communications and corporate affairs manager Tabitha Mutemi said they lost two booklets with 100 acknowledgement slips.

“I confirm that two booklets were stolen each with 50 acknowledgement slips. No laptop belonging to the commission was stolen. The matter has been reported to the police and investigations are going on. The booklets are null and void now,” she said.

This contradicted police reports that laptop belonging to the commission was stolen.

Police reports indicate the theft was reported by a commission assistant registration officer identified as Shadrack Gitonga, who told police that he had discovered that two bags containing the laptop and the booklets were missing as he went about his job.