12 November 2012

Kenya: Voter Registration to Commence in November

The exercise of voter registration got off to a slow start countrywide with several centers experiencing technical hitches and delays. However, the ... ( Resource: Voter Registration Starts in Kenya )

The voter registration drive by the IEBC that will begin on November 19 and run for 30 days after which inspection of the voters' register will be conducted.

IEBC vice chair Lilian Mahiri Zaja said this at an on-going meeting of the East African Community elections experts. The meeting was held to discuss the observation of the forthcoming elections in March next year.

She added that the verification of the voter register will also be conducted by political parties along with the inspection by the IEBC.

The combination of the registration, investigation and verification exercises has been occasioned by a delay in the procurement of the electronic voter registration kit.

The IEBC is caught up in yet another fresh scandal, this time involving the tender for ballot papers.According to the Sunday Nation yesterday, the IEBC has reportedly awarded a British firm Smith & Ouzman the tender without due tendering.

Yesterday, IEBC Corporate Communications manager Tabitha Mutemi was quoted confirming the tender arguing that procurement laws allow the commission to ignore tendering if exceptional circumstances are obtained.

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