14 December 2012

Kenya: IEBC Registers 10 Million With Four More Days to Go

The 30-day voter registration exercise comes to a close today. This, even as the High Court declined to issue orders to extend the voter registration ... ( Resource: Kenya's Voter Registration Set to Close

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has broken the 10 million registered voters barrier, according to the chairman Issack Hassan.

Hassan said the commission is waiting on President Kibaki to assent to the amended Elections Act before they can allow youths with ID cards waiting slips to register.

The latest figures incorporating the trend this week will, however, be released to the press on Monday. There are four days left to the end of the voter registration that started on November 19 and the Commission has stated that it would not extend the period.

"We still ask people to get out to register and we hope we hope we can reach our target (of 18 million) in the remaining days," he said. Parliament last week passed the amendments after complaints that so many youths with the slips may be locked out of the exercise.

IEBC chairman Issack Hassan yesterday said the though the Commission had advised against the move by parliament, there will be left with no option but to open the registration to people with slips once the president assents to the amendments.

"We have yet to advise our staff to accept the waiting slips but once we learn that the president has assigned to the amendments we shall advise accordingly," Hassan said during a news conference to announce the clean-up and voter registration campaign at Mukuru, Eastleigh, Mathare and Kibera on today organized by IEBC, Africa Youth Trust (AYT) and The Clean Kenya Campaign (TCKC).

The Immigration department has indicated that there are about 300,000 youths with waiting slips while the number of uncollected identity cards, according to Immigration minister was at 318,380 with Rift Valley leading with 81,243 majority of them belonging to youths on November 20 when he addressed a press conference.

At the time, Central region had 54,697 uncollected IDs followed by Nairobi/Kajiado region where the department of registration of persons was still keeping 48,065 uncollected IDs. Nyanza had 44,699 and Western had 318380.

Nairobi provincial commissioner John Ndirangu also said the provincial was also doing its part in mobilizing people to turn out and register.

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