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No rush to IEBC centres despite voter listing deadline

The voter registration which was extended by five days by a Nairobi court ends on Feb 19/MUTHONI NJUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 19 – Nairobi residents were trickling in small numbers to various registration centres across the city in a last minute ‘rush’ to register as voters.

The registration which was extended by five days by a Nairobi court was due to end on Sunday at 6pm.

Those who spoke to Capital FM News blamed slow issuance of Identity Cards as well as voter apathy to the fewer numbers.

“I was encouraged by my friends to take up my right as stipulated in the Constitution,” Sharon Wamae a Nairobi resident said when she was registering at the Moi Avenue Primary School registration centre.

Betty Kioko from the University of Nairobi said the delayed issuance of her identification card delayed her from registering.

“I am glad to have now been given the power to elect my next leader,” she said after registering at the Nairobi Primary School registration centre.

Leaders from the political divide have been crisscrossing the country in an aggressive campaign to rally Kenyans to register ahead of the August polls.

“It’s only that voter’s card which will bring about change and make progress in Kenya,” Martin Muriuki told Capital FM News.

The exercise was targeting six million new voters in the hope of having up to 22 million Kenyans participate in the August General Election.

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The exercise was extended from February 14 to February 19, 2017 after a court ruling in a case filed by activist Okiya Omtatah who had wanted the exercise to continue until June, arguing that closing it at this point will lock out many potential voters who have not received their National Identity Cards or Passports.

By end of the third week, only 2,164,185 voters had been listed.

The commission is expected to release the total number of voters registered during the period of the exercise this week.

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