The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Wajir County Records Lowest Voter Turnout

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Wajir has the least number of registered voters while Kilifi tops the chart. There has been a 4.57 per cent turn-out or 77,616 people out of 290,469 estimated voting population in Wajir.

Turnout has been most impressive in Kilifi where 75.21 per cent, 201,545 people, of the estimated voting population had registered by December 8.

About 46.57 of the targeted 18 million voters have registered as voters, just eight days to the end of voter registration. According to statistics released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission yesterday, only 8,648,926 voters have been registered.

Lamu had registered 34,551 people out of an estimated population of 47,338. Mandera, with a voting population of 478,207 had registered only 77,049 people, ranking as the second lowest after Wajir. Voter registration began on November 19 for 30 days without extension.

In the event that the registration period is extended, the biometric voter registration kits purchase agreement states that the Kenya government and Canadian Commercial Corporation will enter fresh negotiations.

"The purchaser (government of Kenya) agrees that it shall pay CCC any additional weeks of operations support and maintenance at the prices agreed during such negotiations," the purchase Agreement, a copy of which the Star has reads in Article 4.5.

The statistics the IEBC released yesterday shows that Nairobi had by December 8 registered 990,127 people out of an estimated 1.5 million voters while turn-out in Kiambu has also been above average at 68.54 per cent or 518,667 voters.

Other counties that have recorded above average turn-out include Tharaka (98,442), Embu (126,927), Machakos (238,673), Nyandarua (172,400), Nyeri (214,880), Kirinyaga (162,447), Murang'a (293,622), Laikipia (99,538), Nakuru (445,413), Kajiado (201,944) and Vihiga (130,512). Busia (174,151), Siaya (234,386), Kisumu (274,869) and Homa Bay (242,862) have recorded a turn-out which is 50 per cent or above.

In an interview on KTN television on Sunday, IEBC CEO James Oswago blamed the low turn-out on the myths associated with the BVR kits and demands for bribes before registering.

Counties that are below 50 per cent are Mombasa (204,795), Kwale (91,011), Tana River (50,946), Taita Taveta (61,597), Garissa (77,616), and Marsabit (44,637, Isiolo (22,583), Meru (285,857), Kitui (180,470), Makueni (166,329), Turkana (78,404), West Pokot (59,874) and Samburu (44,183).

Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Narok, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Bungoma, Migori, Kisii and Nyamira counties have also registered below 50 per cent of the estimated voting population.

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