By KBC Reporters
The second Mass Voter Registration exercise began Monday with Kenyans turning out in large numbers at registration centres across the country.
The month-long exercise is the last one before the August 8 general election with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission targeting to register between four and six million voters. At a stakeholders forum organized by IEBC in Nairobi, the electoral body acknowledged reports of a few areas where the Biometric Voter Registration kits were too slow saying efforts were being taken to remedy the situation.
Political leaders at the forum urged called for scrutiny into mass transfers of voters during the registration exercise urging IEBC to publish such information.
The exercise will deploy over 7000 Biometric Voter Registration kits with the smallest ward receiving 3 BVR kits, while the largest getting 10 kits in the new formula of distribution.
A BVR kit expected to be in a particular registration centre for a minimum of 15 days.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba Sunday denied allegations that the electoral body is deploying fewer kits to the opposition strongholds.
IEBC is determined to pull all resources at its disposal to help it achieve its target of registering between 4 to 6 Million new voters.
“A total of 7,793 BVR kits will be deployed countrywide based on the County Assembly Ward size. In the MVR I, the Commission deployed 5,756 kits which were not optimally utilised given the constraints of budget. The consequence was such that 2 kits ended up at one registration centre. This time round, a kit will serve one registration centre at a time” Chiloba told journalists.
Unlike in other registration exercise where a voter was required to register in the ward they intend to vote, the IEBC has allowed registration in any ward as long as it is in a constituency where you intend to vote.
“In total we shall have 24,613 registration centres. This includes 24,599 centres that were used in MVR I and 54 centres that had been de-gazetted for MVR I´he said.
300 registration centres have been amended in terms of names adding that registration centres in Mandera East and Lafey constituencies will change due to re-alignment of constituency boundaries in accordance with the Court of Appeal decision.