, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Nairobi County had the highest number of applications for registration of eligible voters according to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Nairobi was followed by Kiambu County which recorded 52 percent of the targeted voters, Kisumu 45pc and Kakamega 30pc.
The 30 day exercise according to the commission’s chairperson Issack Hassan received more than 1.4 million applications for registration as eligible voters against the targeted 4 million voters.
“Mass Voter Registration (MVR) Phase I, which started on 15th February, 2016 and ended on 15th March, 2016, received a total of 1,428,056 applications for registration as voters from eligible voters,” Hassan said in a statement Tuesday.
“The commission had set out to register four million voters in the 30 day drive but managed to achieve 34pc of its target nationally. Only seven counties managed to get 50pc and above of their set targets.”
The counties are; Kajiado, Marsabit, Tana-River, Narok, Migori, Kiambu and Siaya.
The exercise was conducted at County Assembly Ward level using 5,776 Biometric Voter Registration kits, operated by an equal number of Voter Registration Assistants.
During the exercise, 493,169 voters applied for transfers.
According to IEBC, counties in the environs of Nairobi seemed to register higher than their targets.
Kajiado County, for example, had a target of 18,092 but ended up registering 27,884 (154pc).
“The motivation behind the transfers may require in-depth analysis since it cannot be directly linked to change of residence,” he stated.
Voter registration will be extended to Kenyan citizens residing outside Kenya in the next phase planned for early 2017.
The commission is also set to kick off the registration in Kericho County and Malindi constituency, which had by-elections during the just ended period.