, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – The European Union has given the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Sh577 million to spearhead the voter registration exercise ahead of next year’s General Election.
The money was given out from a fund managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
IEBC said the money will be channelled through the programme “Strengthening the Electoral Processes in Kenya Project (SEPK)” which is spearheading the various electoral activities in the country.
The programme was developed jointly with the UNDP.
Among dignitaries present during the hand-over of the money were IEBC chairman Issack Hassan, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Kenya, Stefano-Antonio Dejak, UNDP Resident Representative Michel Balima and top Treasury officials.
“The project aims at strengthening citizen participation and engagement in the electoral process; strengthening the legal and institutional framework for elections to ensure transparency and accountability as well as contributing to free, fair and just elections and strengthening the elections justice sector by collaborating with stakeholders including political parties and the judiciary,” a statement from IEBC said.
IEBC is kicking off mass voter registration on Monday February 15 until March 15 during which it targets to register more voters to participate in the next General Election.