Mass Voter Registration Set for 16th January to 14th February, 2017

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will roll-out a 30-day mass voter registration drive from 16th January to 14th February, 2016.

This exercise is meant to increase the number of registered voters by 4-6 million. Currently, the number of citizens in the register of voters stands at 15,857,185. This will be the last opportunity for eligible Kenyan citizens to register as voters in the run-up to the 8th August, 2017 General Election. Addressing a media forum in Nairobi on 9th January, 2016, IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba announced that the Commission will deploy 7,793 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) countrywide at County Assembly Ward level. “Kit distribution criteria based on geographical area and the kits will be opened to allow registration across the ward. The kit movement schedule will be shared with locals while voter transfers will be done at constituency level,” Mr. Chiloba said.

Over 18,000 voter registration personnel will be recruited and deployed to conduct the exercise, among them: 290 constituency registration officers, 290 assistant registration officers, 1,775 ward voter registration assistants, 580 constituency ICT support assistants, 15,586 voter registration clerks as well as ward-based voter educators.

Registration centres and registration officials will be gazetted by 13 January 2017. About 300 registration centres will be amended in terms of names and/or location.

This week, the Commission is engaging stakeholders at both national and county levels ahead of the voter registration exercise. This began with a media forum on Monday 9th January, 2017 as meetings with political parties, civil society organizations and state actors are lined up in the coming days.

Enhanced voter education and outreach programmes, including media campaigns, will commence by 12 January 2017.

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