IEBC says voter registration exercise will kick off in August

July 24, 2018 9:27 am
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The electoral body’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the exercise targets to increase the 19.6 million register of voters by 3 percent by June next year/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to undertake a Continuous Voter Registration exercise countrywide from next month.

The electoral body’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the exercise targets to increase the 19.6 million register of voters by 3 percent by June next year.

Speaking during a forum of the 47 County Election Managers and senior staff during a planning meeting, Chebukati stated that the exercise is a statutory requirement that must be accomplished.

“The Commission expects an increase in the number of voters by at least 3% based on past trends on CVR; from the current 19.6 Million voters enrolled as at 2017 in the current certified register of voters to 20.1 Million by June, 2019,” he stated.

“We also expect an improvement in the accuracy of the register of voters by implementing the KPMG recommendations so as to ensure an accurate, verifiable and comprehensive register of voters.”

He explained that its purpose was to register eligible voters, especially the youth and special interest groups and to allow for transfers from one electoral area to preferred electoral areas.

He stated that the Commission will also update the register of voters by correcting any errors identified during the KPMG audit.

“The significance of data sharing under a coordinated and harmonious work relationship between these entities cannot be gainsaid. Indeed the success and accuracy of the revised register depends on the information provided by these government entities.”

Chebukati reminded the poll officials that their job was not only to conduct election after every five years but ensure the participation of stakeholders in the electoral process.

He stated that the IEBC seeks to collaborate with county governments to enhance civic and voter education in a bid to ensure that elections are not only free and fair but also produces credible leaders.

He said that the Commission will engage stakeholders and sensitize the public before rolling out the program.

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