Curtain on voter registration closes Monday as IEBC gears up for roll clean-up

March 6, 2017 10:07 am
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The commission is expected to give updates of the number of voters listed in the 118 prisons across the country, in the five countries in which diaspora registration is taking place and in the continuous registration exercise/MUTHONI NJUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was on Monday getting ready to start compiling the total number of voters listed to participate in the August General Election.

Suspension of voter registration on Monday will mark the end of voter listing within and outside the country.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the early suspension of voter listing would give the commission sufficient time to clean-up the voters’ register in readiness for the voter verification process that is scheduled to commence on May 10.

Meanwhile, the commission is yet to identify an alternative method to procure voter verification kits after the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority halted sourcing of the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System.

READ: IEBC to use ‘alternative’ procurement of voter verification kit

Monday was also the last day of listing of Diaspora voters in Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Burundi.

The commission upon the closure of the Mass Voter Registration exercise two weeks ago had listed a total of 19.7 million voters with Rift Valley, Eastern and Central regions accounting for more than half of the total number of voters registered.

READ: Half of 19mn Kenyan voters are from Rift Valley, Eastern and Central

The commission is expected to give updates of the number of voters listed in the 118 prisons across the country, in the five countries in which diaspora registration is taking place and in the continuous registration exercise.

Upon completion of the voter registration, by law, the commission is tasked to make public the voters’ register and allow voters to verify their registration details.

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