Only 1.5 Kenyans have registered after second week of Mass Voter Registration

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati (centre) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba(right) and commissioner Consolata Nkatha Bucha during a past press briefing at the IEBC offices in Nairobi.

With only two weeks left before the end of the Mass Voter Registration (MVR), IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said that the figure only represented 25 percent of the upper target of six million voters.

“We are concerned that some counties with the highest potential voting population of 100,000 and above are below 20 per cent of their total targets. This means that much work still needs to be done,” he said.

These counties include Vihiga, Nyeri, Kisii, Kericho, Kakamega, Bungoma, Siaya, and Kitui.

He announced that the top 10 counties leading in the voter registration include Kajiado, Mandera, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Murang'a, Narok, Nakuru Wajir, Tana River and Garissa, in that order.

Special arrangements

Wabukati at the same time said prisoners will only be allowed to vote for the presidential seat as they make proposals for regulation of their participation.

“Special arrangements will be made for students in colleges and universities to register between February 8-14,” the IEBC chair said.

Out of the 128,962 shared ID documents, 50,174 records have been confirmed as legitimate.

The IEBC will publish names of the duplicates to allow for public scrutiny.

MVR week one

After the first week of the MVR exercise, President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken an early lead as traditional perceived strongholds of the Jubilee Party recorded impressive numbers compared to those of the opposition.

According to the IEBC figures, President Kenyatta’s Central region recorded an impressive 139, 876 new voters in the first week of MVR translating to 87 per cent of the target.

In terms of target numbers, Central came in second only behind North Eastern which had 24, 006 new voters (92 percent of the target).

Deputy William Ruto’s home turf of Rift Valley came in third with 169, 371 new voters translating to 60 percent of the IEBC’s target.

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