Low turn out mars Enhanced Voter Registration exercise

202,518 people have registered as new voters in the first week of the Enhanced Voter Registration against a target of 1,500,000.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has attributed the low turn out to general voter apathy, insecurity in parts of Lamu, Baringo and Laikipia Counties as well as along Kenya-Somalia borders, lack of National Identity Cards by a population that have reached the age of 18 years above have not received their ID cards for various reasons as well as the culture of last-minute rush where Kenyans go for exercises when deadlines approach.

The Commission has however vowed to continue exploring solutions to these identified challenges in collaboration with all stakeholders in the electoral process.

“The Commission recognizes that an exercise of this magnitude and huge National interest cannot be successful without participation of stakeholders. All Kenyans are therefore called upon to join in this effort to ensure that majority of eligible voters get registered.”

In a statement, the Commission says it targets to register 6 million new eligible Kenyans, on the basis of information from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census report.

“The target was disaggregated to each County, Constituency and County Assembly Ward to enable monitoring of progress. For the last 7 days, the Commission has registered 202,518 new voters out of the weekly target of 1,500,000,” It says.

Samburu, Elgeyo/marakwet, Wajir, West pokot and Mandera Counties have recorded the highest percentage of targets achieved in week 1 while Mombasa, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Embu and Laikipia have recorded the lowest percentage of targets.

During the same period of Enhanced Voter Registration, a total of 5,206 requests for voter transfer were serviced.

“The Commission reminds all registered voters that application for transfer is done at the 290 Constituency offices.”

The Commission is however not conducting ECVR in areas that have by-elections or legal petitions such as Nguu/Masumba County Assembly Ward in Makueni County that is scheduled to hold by-election on 14th October 2021; Mahoo CAW in Taita Taveta County that is scheduled to hold by-election on 16th December 2021; Kiagu County Assembly Ward in Meru County that the High Court issued conservatory orders restraining the Commission from conducting a by-election pending an application for Judicial Review; and Kiambaa Constituency that has an Election Petition pending determination However, arrangements have been made to conduct ECVR in the said electoral areas once the by-elections and legal petitions are concluded.

  

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