Voter registration in UAE, Canada yet to kick off due to COVID-19

The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has Monday said that registration of voters for citizens residing outside the country has not kicked off as earlier scheduled in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Canada.

IEBC attributed the delay to the prevailing COVID-19 containment measures instituted in the two countries.

However, registration in the United Kingdom started on 24th January 2022.

According to the Commission, on 21st January 2022, they commenced on voter registration for citizens residing outside Kenya at Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates in United States of America (USA), Qatar, Germany, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

IEBC in addition notes that the second and final phase of the Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) exercise was rolled out from 17th January to 6th February 2022 in all the 1450 County Assembly Wards (CAWs), institutions of higher learning and Huduma centres countrywide.

Further noting that the Commission targeted to register 6 million new voters out of which 1,159,294 were registered in the first phase of ECVR.

The current phase (ECVR II) targets to register as voters 4,480,706 eligible Kenyans as distributed per County in table I (SEE BELOW)

For the last 7 days, the Commission registered 229,843 new voters against the weekly target of 1,493,569.

Further, the Commission received 34,928 requests for transfer and 345 applications for change of particulars.

The exercise of registering citizens residing outside the Country (Diaspora) managed to register 163 new voters as well as 184 requests for transfer and 136 applications for change of particulars.

Details of the registration is provided in Table II.

The Commission is appealing to all citizens who have not registered as voters but are eligible, especially youth who have acquired identity cards, to take advantage of this opportunity to enroll as voters as part of exercising their democratic rights.

Furthermore, the Commission calls upon Leaders and all Kenyans of good will to assist and support the Commission’s efforts towards mobilizing eligible voters to register.

The Commission will periodically update the nation on the progress of ECVR II.

Advise on when the registration exercise shall be conducted in UAE and Canada once the COVID 19 containment measures are eased will also be updated by the Commission.


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