1,500 Kenyans in Diaspora and 4,000 inmates registered as voters

March 15, 2017 3:03 pm
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South Africa recorded the highest number of newly registered voters and Kamiti the highest in prisons/IEBC

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15 – Over 1,500 Kenyan citizens living in the Diaspora have been registered as voters according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati says 798 others have transferred their voting stations from the country to their current place in the Diaspora while 373 changed their particulars.
Five countries were covered in the exercise, which include South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.
Chebukati also says 4,094 inmates have been registered as voters during a seven-day exercise that kicked off on February 20.

A further 1,856 prisoners applied for voter transfer given that they had already registered before they were imprisoned.

“Kamiti Maximum Security Prison recorded the highest figure with 585 enrolments. Others in the top-five in terms of number of registered voters are Shimo Borstal, Maara, Marimanti, Mutomo, Oloitoktok, Shikusa Borstal Institution, Vihiga Prison, Kehancha Prison/Kendege, Nyamira Prison, Kamiti YTC and Kamae Girl’s Borstal Institution,” Chebukati said in a statement.

-PARTY NOMINATIONS RULES –

The electoral body has also indicated that it is set to meet with political parties to iron out any outstanding issues that may have arisen in regards to compliance with nomination rules.

“The political parties will thereafter be expected to make any changes, if Chebukati said.

“At least 67political parties submitted their nomination rules to the Commission by the 2nd March, 2017 deadline.”

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