The Star (Nairobi)

21 November 2012

Kenya: Register Immediately to Vote on March 4

REGISTRATION for a new voters list started on Monday. Registration will last 30 days and by mid-December the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission wants to have registered at least 18 million voters.

There are 15,000 BVR kits distributed around Kenya so each registration point only needs to register 40 voters per day to reach 18 million.

The March 4 election is perhaps the most critical in Kenya's history. If the election goes well, there will be a confidence boost and growth will accelerate. If it is messed up, Kenya will be written off as a basket case.

The December 2007 election was a fiasco, partly because of a compromised voters register. It will not be possible to vote twice with the BVR system.

If the same fingerprint shows up twice, the system will flag it and the voter will be arrested for fraud. The new voters register based on BVR will be clean.

It will help us know for certain who has won the March 4 election. It will help bring peace to Kenya. All Kenyans should go out and register to vote without delay. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Kenya rests on your shoulders.

Quote of the day: "In this country [England], it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others." - French philosopher Voltaire was born on November 21, 1694

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