Election Group deploys observers to monitor voter registration

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The Election Observation Group has deployed over 290 observers across the country to monitor the ongoing voter registration exercise a head of the 2017 general elections.

The faith based civil society group says the observers will monitor the opening and closing time of the voter registration centers, security of the BVR kits and audit the register once the exercise is finalized.

The group deployed the observers as the Judiciary committee on elections declared it is prepared to handle any dispute that may arise from the election.

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While launching its 2016-2018 strategic plan, the faith based civil society group called for better election preparedness among election management stakeholders.

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The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Chair Cornelius Korir speaking during the launch says more needs to be done to ensure everyone is involved in the 2017 general elections.

Judiciary Committee Chairperson Justice David Maranga assured the country that the judiciary as a dispute resolution organ remains objective and impartial to handle any dispute that will arise from the elections.

Apart from monitoring the voter registration process, the Election Observation Group says it will also monitor other thematic aspects such as party nominations and campaign financing to ensure those who lead the process are held accountable by key players in the elections.

Voter registration exercise

Meanwhile, the mass voter registration exercise entered its 3rd day Wednesday with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission exuding confidence that it will reach its target of four million new voters.

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And amid calls for Kenyans to turn up in their numbers to ensure that their vote counts in the forthcoming general election, legislators from North Eastern region are crying foul claiming that a majority of youths from the region have been registered as refugees in the Dadaab camp.

This they say is due to benefits of third party repatriation and benefits of better health care and education within the refugee camps.

The legislators have called on the government to fast track the implementation of a report by a task force on Kenyans registered under the refugee data base who cannot acquire national ID cards. The MPs who were speaking in Dadaab during the handing over of three boreholes financed by Islamic relief, expressed their concern that over 100,000 youth eligible to acquire ID cards may be locked out of the ongoing mass voter registration that kicked off on Monday across the country.

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In Kiambu County, youth leaders almost caused a commotion at the registrar’s office in Karuri area as they engaged the assistant county commissioner John Munanda, in decrying what they said was delayed issuance of ID cards.

The irate youths said that a large number of youths will miss to register as voters in the ongoing mass voter registration.

The month-long mass voter registration drive targets to register 4 million new voters ahead of the August 2017 general elections.

 

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