IEBC decries low turnout in the ongoing voter registration

IEBC decries low turnout in the ongoing voter registration
Voting at the Jomo Kenyatta D.E.B School Polling Center during the by-election on May 18, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / IEBC

IEBC has decried a low turnout in its Enhanced Voter Registration exercise, with only 202,518 new voters registering out of the weekly national target of 1,500,000 — representing 13.5% of the National week target.

The Commission, which targets to register 6 million new eligible voters says, Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Wajir, West Pokot, Mandera, Nandi, Baringo, Narok, Turkana and Tana River Counties recorded the highest percentage of targets.

Meanwhile, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Embu, Laikipia, Muranga, Kitui, Nyandarua, Nyeri and Kiambu recorded the lowest percentage of targets in the last 7 days.

IEBC attributed the low numbers to voter apathy, insecurity in Lamu, Baringo and Laikipia Counties as well as along Kenya-Somalia
borders, lack of ID Cards and the culture of last-minute rush.

On voter transfers, a total of 5,206 requests were serviced by the Commission.

The Commission launched the Enhanced Voter Registration (ECVR) exercise on 4th October 2021
that is to run for 30 days.

The Commission has deployed the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system with a total of
4,350 BVR kits distributed to register voters within County Assembly Wards.

The kits are stationed; 1 BVR kit in each of the 290 Constituencies to register University and College students to enroll students to Registration Centres of their choice countrywide.

There are also 52 BVR kits in Huduma Centres; 128 kits allocated to vast Counties; and 2900 kits for back-up. In total, the Commission has deployed 7,720 BVR kits.

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