, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) on Tuesday said it had registered about 1.7 million people in the first week of the ongoing voter registration.
According to a statement from the IIEC, the South Rift region had recorded the highest number of voters with 416,010 followed by Nyanza Central region which got about 269,568 new voters.
Central Thika region came in third with 143,508.
Garissa, Ijara, Upper Eastern, Wajir, Mandera and North Coast have the lowest registration which each have less than 20,000 people registered.
In Nairobi, only 32,907 people have so far registered. The tabulated figures are as shown below:
REGION Total Week 1
Garissa and Ijara 10,172
Upper Eastern 13,524
Lower Eastern 135,726
Central Eastern 54,264
South Rift Region 416,010
Central Rift Region 120,284
North Rift 126,600
Central Region Thika 143,508
Nyeri Region 36,725
Nyanza Central Region 269,568
Nyanza South Region 53,775
South West Coast 79,625
North Coast (Malindi) 17,419
Nairobi Region 32,907
The commission estimates that the country has 18 million eligible voters but say it can only register 10 million by the end of 45 day registration period.
It is targeting at registering 1.5 million people electronically in 18 constituencies.
The IIEC has been appealing to eligible Kenyans to register themselves on time to avoid a last minute rush as well as to enable them to participate in the referendum and national elections.
Despite weather challenges in some areas of the country, IIEC has promised to ensure the exercise proceeds smoothly to reach as many people as possible.