Monday, December 3, 2012

Biometric Registration Kits Cause Cancer (Kenya)

The Star [Kenya]
30 November 2012


Rumours that the BVR [Biometric voter registration] kits can cause cancer  have scared Mwakirunge slum dwellers from registering as voters, IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan has said.

He told the residents to ignore the rumours saying those spreading it want to sabotage the voters registration in the region.

Residents said the rumour, which surfaced soon after the start of the registration, has caused panic and fear.

“A rumor went round and most of them have refused to heed to the calls to register as voters. They say the machine sucks blood form their fingers and it can cause cancer,” said Rose Kazungu, a residents. [...]