14 January 2013

Kenyan Election Commission to Verify Voter Registration

Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has started a voter verification process, urging citizens to verify their information before January 26th, Kenya's Capital FM reported Monday (January 14th).

Voters can verify their information through text message, online or in person at a voter registration centre, said IEBC corporate communications manager Tabitha Mutemi.

She said the commission decided to use text messaging, as the vast majority of Kenyans prefer it to visiting registration centres. Voters are advised to send a short text message to 15872 with their names and national identity card or passport numbers used during registration.

The IEBC is also working to purge false registrations from its rosters, deleting the names of people found to have used fake documents and taking legal action against them.

The verification exercise will run until January 26th, after which the list of the voters will be made public on the IEBC website. The IEBC registered 14.3 million voters for the general election scheduled for March 4th.

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