18 December 2012

Kenya: Voter Registration Comes to a Close

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 ongoing IEBC voter registration process is scheduled to officially close at 6pm today after running for 30 days. The IEBC has however stated that those who will still be on queues at polling stations at the time of closing will be registered.

With only a few hours to go, the commission has registered 12.7 million people of its targeted 18 million voters. This accounts for 71 percent voter registration.

The IEBC is confident that it will have registered over 13 million voters by the close of the exercise today but has stated that they could have attained their initial target if Kenyans did not wait until the last minute to register.

The commission has however been faulted for being overly ambitious with the targeted number of voters. Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday accuse the commission of setting an unrealistic objective and defended Kenyans from blame.

"Giving only 30 days in a programme aimed at capturing 18 million people was an over ambitious move by the IEBC and we cannot whatsoever blame the voters for failing to turn up in large numbers to register."

He said this while at the joint Parliament - Kenya Private Sector Alliance conference at the Leisure Lodge in the South Coast.

IEBC chairman Ahmed Isaack Hassan who was at the same function, contradicted the PM pointing out the last minute culture of Kenyans as the cause of low turnout.

Hassan said, "If Nigeria and Bangladesh attained over 80 million in one month, what is 18 million in 30 days? It was very possible to capture 18 million voters within 30 days. If only 50 Kenyans turned up to register everyday the target would have been realised."

The commission has ruled out any possibility of extending the voter registration process due to time constraints. Share your experience of the voter registration exercise as it comes to a close. You can share you story via STAR REPORTS mobile app. Download it here for free and share you story with Kenya.

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