Kenya voter registration picks up

March 23, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) on Tuesday said it had recorded positive progress in the ongoing voter registration.

Speaking to Capital News from Meru, IIEC Public Relations Manager Andrew Limo said there were about 70 people registering as voters per day in most of the centres in the country.

“Registration has began very well countrywide.  We are happy.  In some places like Kapenguria we have even had 100 people registering per day,” he asserted.

He said the exercise had however been derailed in a few areas due to the ongoing heavy rains and flooding in some parts of the country.

Click here for the full list of registration centers countrywide.

Despite the weather challenges, Mr Limo promised that the IIEC would use all possible means to ensure registration picked up in the affected areas.

“IIEC is doing all it can to make sure that the exercise goes on well although there are some challenges here and there.  We know it was not going to be easy anyway especially with the rains,” he said.

He noted that registration materials arrived late in areas such as Eldoret and Nakuru due to the rains.  “Like now, we have just launched the exercise in North Imenti in Meru where it is raining heavily.”

The official acknowledged the support and the leadership portrayed by the political class urging the rest of the leaders to emulate them and support the IIEC realise an orderly voters’ register to counter malpractices experienced in past national elections.

He advised people to return their old voters’ cards to avoid possibilities of interfering with the new cards although he said it was easy to distinguish the new cards from the old ones. “It’s not by law, but people should return the old voters’ cards, so that they don’t keep two cards and then they might mix up when they need them for the referendum and elections.”

Mr Limo also assured those who would be affected by the new boundaries set up by the Interim Independent Boundaries Commission that they would be issued with new voters’ cards.

He told them that the new boundaries should not hold them back from registering, since the IIEC would consider all the regions that will be affected.

He again reminded Kenyans that the commission would not extend the registration period and asked them not to wait until the last minute.


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