IEBC officers work late as last minute voter registration rush begins

People in a queue

In what has been seen as a last minute rush in voter registration exercise, IEBC clerks in some parts of Nyeri County were on Monday forced to register voters up to late evening.

A spot check by Citizen Digital at Muthinga registration center revealed that voters were lining up to register as late as 8pm

According to Thuku, a businessman who operates a Matatu business, most people, especially in Tetu Constituency which recorded on of the poorest turn outs in Nyeri County, lacked means of transport hence did not have a chance to register

Thuku said he had to sacrifice his matatu to transport people, especially the sick and elderly to centers

As calls to electoral body IEBC for an extension pile up, Laikipia Jubilee Party Chairman Wachira Gituku has called for additional time for voter registration.

The electoral body has, however, ruled out any chances of extending the deadline, with IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba noting that the move would limit time to clean up the voter register, which is set to be carried out between today (Tuesday) and the 10th of May.

IEBC was targeting to enroll 6 million additional voters in the mass voter registration drive, but the campaign is likely to achieve half of the projected figure due to unprecedented voter apathy.

That leaves Kenyans with less than 24 hours to register as voters, with the mass voter registration deadline fixed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) set for midnight tonight.


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