18 December 2012

Kenya: Naivasha Registers 99,000 Voters

The voter registration exercise has come to a close with an estimated 14 million voters. As IEBC wrapped up the exercise, calls to extend the ... ( Resource: Kenyan Court Rejects Voter Registration Extension Period )

Naivasha has recorded more than 99,000 voters against the set target of 104,000 making it one of the leading constituencies in the registration turnout. With hours to go before the registration ends, IEBC officials were yesterday confident of exceeding the target.

Naivasha constituency IEBC coordinator Mildred Wachiye said there is a sharp rise in registration mainly around flower farms. Wachiye said despite facing various challenges at the initial stages, Naivasha will register the biggest turnout.

Wachiye said registration in areas around flower farms improved after the electoral commission increased the registration hours. "We have so far registered over 99,000 voters and with one day to go we expect to pass the set mark," she said.

This came as IEBC officials moved to pastoralists' areas to register the herders who have been out seeking pastures for their animals. The officials took advantage of a meeting between Kengen and members of the Maasai community in Olkaria to register them.

Wachiye admitted that it had been an issue to register the group which was always on move with their animals. "Kengen has a major meeting with the Maasais and we are using this to register them," she said on phone.

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