22 November 2012

Kenya: Mix-Up Interrupts Voter Registration in Kitengela

Voter registration has not started in eleven polling stations in Kitengela three days after the exercise began countrywide.

The registration was stopped after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission realised it had mistakenly moved two polling stations to a different ward.

The IEBC must gazette the return of Kitengela Primary School and Noonkopir secondary to Oloosirkon/Sholinke ward from Kitengela/Ololoitikoshi ward

The coordinator for Kajiado East, Jennifer Mugambi, said the gazettement will be done by the end of the week contrary to a statement on Tuesday that registration in the 11 polling stations would have started by yesterday.

Aspirants yesterday condemned the delay saying the move to interchange the polling stations infringes on people's rights to be registered as voters.

Rhonnest Ntayia, Nixon Karaine, Simon Peter ole Nkeri, Nathaniel Sinkeet and Daniel Kanchori demanded that IEBC give the people of Kitengela more days to register after the end of the exercise to make up for the delay.

The exercise may resume on Saturday if the gazettement comes out by Friday. The IEBC targets to register 18 million voters and has hired and trained more than 30,000 clerks posted in 25,000 polling centres.

A joint East African observer mission will be in the country for more than four months to assess preparations for and the March 4 general election.

They will arrive in the country from December 1 and will stay for two weeks after the election date to evaluate the transition and seat allocation.

The mission aims at strengthening political accountability and promote sharing of experiences on election management among East African Community members.

Addressing a recent meeting of East African electoral management bodies in Nairobi, EAC deputy secretary general Julius Rotich said the project will contribute to the integrity of the Kenyan electoral process and promote peer learning.

The French minister for External Trade, Nicole Bricq, praised the IEBC use of technology in the electoral process, adding this will boost the credibility of the elections.

The minister made the remarks at the IEBC head office in Nairobi when she paid a courtesy call to Commission Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan.

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