Western, Nyanza, Nairobi and Coast record least voter listing turnout

February 8, 2017 9:44 am
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Nyanza region which was expected to list 597,925 voters in the third week of the MVR II exercise had listed 248,390 voters with a turnout of 41 percent/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – With only one week left before the Mass Voter Registration exercise comes to a close, Western, Nairobi, Nyanza and Coast regions are yet to hit half of the number of targeted voters.

Western which recorded the lowest turnout of a mere 35.7 percent in week three had listed only 185,683 voters against the 519,429 targeted.

Nyanza region which was expected to list 597,925 voters in the third week of the MVR II exercise had listed 248,390 voters with a turnout of 41 percent.

Nairobi which should have registered 598,872 voters had managed to list only 251,054 voters a week before the close of the exercise next Tuesday.

Coast, a region in which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had targeted to register 491,433 voters in the third week had only 238,499 listed (48 percent).

The rest of the four regions, North Eastern, Central, Eastern and Rift Valley had however surpassed more than half of the target set by IEBC.

Eastern region saw 348,977 voters register against a target of 669,008 (52 percent) while Rift Valley recorded a 58 percent turnout with 497,313 voters registering against the targeted 846,252 voters.

North Eastern region recorded the highest turnout (80 percent) with 63,100 voters registering against the expected 78,315 whereas Central had a voter turnout of 66 percent after 318,457 voters were listed against the 480,863 target.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday voiced concern that only 2,164,185 voters were listed in the third week falling short of the target of registering 4,282,096 voters.

He urged Kenyans to make use of the remaining one week to register.

READ: 2.1mn voters listed with a week left against 6mn target

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