23 November 2012

Kenya: Voter Registration Delayed By Faulty, Few BVR Kits

Photo: The Star
Ballot box being emptied.

Voter registration has not started in parts of Kwale, four days since the exercise was launched countrywide. The delay has been caused by lack of voter registration kits in some polling stations.

Kasemeni/Mazeras councillor Jimmy Dena claimed that some kits were faulty forcing the clerks to return them to Kinango town, the regional headquarters.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission coordinator Alphonse Tsuwi yesterday said the area received 86 BVR kits for the 172 polling stations.

One BVR kit is used in two or three centres, he said. Tsuwi said there have come up with timetables indicating when and where the kit will be stationed and called on the residents to comply with the format.

"We have given the centres with more voters priority because we want to capture everybody. We are so far impressed with the progress we have made because the turnout keeps on increasing by the day," he said.

Dena threatened to mobilise residents to demonstrate claiming that registration is yet to begin at Nyando, Mazeras Primary, Bonje and Kasemeni centres. "We are giving the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission till Friday to fast-track the process," he said.

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