, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it is gearing up for a mass voter registration drive that will be undertaken countrywide ahead of next year’s General Election.
A statement from the commission says the exercise will be undertaken from Monday next week to March 15.
A similar exercise will be carried early next year although registration will continue at the constituency level up to May 2017, when the register will be closed for the General Election.
The commission has so far employed 5,756 Voter Registration Assistants (VRAs) to carry out the registration exercise with funding from the Treasury and support from development partners.
Commission Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said they will deploy 290 ICT Support Assistants to cover both the head office and field operations.
“A total of 5,756 BVRs kits will be deployed across the 1,450 wards. This is 100 percent increment following support from development partners. Surface area played a critical role in the allocation of the kits. The larger the ward, the more the kits. This is to ensure that potential voters are not discouraged by long distance travel to register. A list of distribution can be accessed on the commission’s website,” he said.
Some 24,559 registration centres will be used during the exercise and list of registration centres can be accessed on the commission’s website.
“The commission has held a series of stakeholder engagements both at the national and county level to sensitize the public on Mass Voter Registration. We appeal to all eligible Kenyans who have not registered to do so in order to participate in the next General Elections. We will continue to update the country on the progress of the registration exercise and preparations for the 2017 General Election.” He added.
The process will be kicking off amid protests from major political parties which feel the commission is not adequately funded to undertake the exercise.