, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27 – The number of voters now stands at 19.6 million after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) expunged over 80,000 records of deceased persons from the register.
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati while giving the statistics on Tuesday said that the number includes about 10,000 records of Diaspora voters and those in prisons.
“The certified register of voters for the 2017 General Election has a total of 19,611,423 voters. This number includes 4,393 Diaspora in five countries and 5,528 registered in 118 prisons across the country. Comparatively, the register of voters has increased by 36 per cent (5,222,642 voters) since 2013,” he said during a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi.
He noted that the figure of perceived dead voters had been revised by the KPMG audit firm from an initial of 92,277 to 88,602 after it emerged that the number could have been higher due to inaccurate reports of deaths.
“The Commission expunged a total of 88,602 deceased persons from the register. The Commission was provided a total of 92,277 records of deceased persons. However, this number was later revised to 88,602 by KPMG after notification that the difference could be that of reportees,” he said.
Chebukati exuded confidence in the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) – the technology deployed by the commission for use on August 8 polls – saying “it provides foolproof authentication on Election Day and there will be no room for mischief.”
He said the 19.6 million represent 53 percent and 47pc of male and female voters in the register respectively.
Youths aged between 18- 35 years account for 51 per cent of the total number of the electorate. According to the commission there are 40,883 polling stations identified to serve “not more than 700 voters each” on the polling day.
Nairobi County has the highest number of voters standing at 2,250,853 followed by Kiambu (1,180,920) and Nakuru (949,618).
Another eight counties have over half a million voters joining the league of vote-rich counties.
They are Kakamega (743,739), Meru (702,480), Machakos (620,254), Mombasa (580,223), Bungoma (559,850), Kisii (546,580), Kisumu (539,210) and Kilifi (508,068).
Other counties with a high number of registered voters are Homa Bay (476,875), Kajiado (411,193), Kitui (474,512), Siaya (457,953), Nyeri (456,949), Uasin Gishu (450,055) and Makueni (423,310).
Migori (388,633), Kericho (375,668), Busia (351,048), Kirinyaga (349,836), Nandi (346,007) Narok (341,730), Trans Nzoia (339,622), Nyandarua (335,634), Bomet (322,012) and Embu (309,468) will also be key determinants in the race to State House given the cumulative number of voters compared to the total number of voters registered.
Also in focus by presidential aspirants will be counties of Kwale (281,041),Nyamira (278,853), Vihiga (272,409), Laikipia (246,487),Baringo (232,258) and Tharaka Nithi (213,154) which consist a significant chunk of registered voters.
Counties of Turkana (191,435), Elgeyo/Marakwet (180,664), West Pokot (180,232), Mandera (175,642), Garissa (163,350), Wajir (162,902), Taita Taveta (155,716), Marsabit (141,708) and Tana River (118,327) also have a significant number of voters and will come in handy as presidential candidate seek to garner “at least 25 per cent of votes cast in each of more than half of the counties,” required for a candidate to be declared the winner as stated in Article 138 of the constitution.
Samburu, Isiolo and Lamu have the least number of voters at 82,787, 75,338 and 69,776 respectively.
Voters who wish to inspect the register will have an opportunity to do so beginning Thursday through an online portal and a Short Message Service.