13 November 2012

Kenya: Central Rift Gets 1,056 BVR Kits for 2,353 Stations

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has dispatched 1,056 Biometric Voter Registration kits to the Central Rift.

The kits will be on mobile operation in the 2,353 polling stations in Nakuru, Laikipia, Baringo and Samburu counties which constitute the Central Rift.

The region's IEBC director, Ali Mohammed Ibrahim, said the kits will be availed in the most populous areas. "We will have one kit in each station but add another in the most populous areas," Mohammed said yesterday at the Anglican Church of Kenya Hall in Nakuru.

He was educating the public on electronic voter registration. IEBC will train 2,112 clerical officers in preparation for the registration in two phases from November 12 to 17.

"The clerks will be trained in three days. They will be divided into two groups in which one will be trained from 12 to 14 and another from 15 to 17. This will take place at Nakuru High School and Cool Rivers respectively," said Mohammed.

He urged the residents to register in large numbers but cautioned against multiple registration. Anyone engaged in registration malpractice risks a fine of Sh100,000 or a year in prison or both.

"You are obliged to adhere to voter registration rules and regulations as stipulated by the IEBC," Mohammed said. County commissioner Amos Gathecha assured the residents of increased security during the registration and voting stating that the government had put in place pro-active measures to prevent incidences of insecurity.

"We have engaged the communities in monitoring security operations in all regions. Our officers are on the lookout and we assure you of peaceful registration and voting process," Gathecha told the residents.

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