The Star (Nairobi)

19 December 2012

Kenya: Voter Roll May Hit 14 Million Mark

Voter registration closed yesterday with IEBC estimating that has registered about 14.5 million people. By Sunday, IEBC had surpassed its revised target of 12 million by 700,000 but was short of its initial target of 18 million by 5.3 million.

A spot check of registration centres showed long queues as voters rushed to register before expiry of the deadline. Voter apathy was experienced in most parts of the country forcing intervention of President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka urging voters to register in large numbers.

According to an IEBC officer who is not allowed to talk to the press because of his position said the commission has not compiled the figures since Sunday because registration figures were swarming their systems.

"We can only give an accurate figure of registered voters on Wednesday because our chairman is trying to ensure there have been no hitches," he said. IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan could not be reached for comment.

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