The last phase of voter registration that commenced on Monday 16th January 2017 is an indicator that Kenya has put systems running to ensure the Aug. 8 general election is held on schedule.
Kenya’s electoral agency will direct a month-long voter posting exercise as a follow-up to a prior one completed in February 2016 to guarantee nationals who have accomplished the lawful voting age partake in the August surveys.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) revealed that it plans to enlist six million individuals amid the most recent mass voter enrollment.
IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba said on Sunday that sufficient labor and gear had been secured to guarantee that the voter enrollment practice does not encounter hitches.
“We have set up solid measures to guarantee the stage two of mass voter enlistment that will be directed from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14 is finished with no hiccups,” Chiloba said.
He uncovered that the discretionary organization expects to accomplish an objective of 22 million voters who will partake in the current year’s surveys contrasted with 14 million who cast votes in the March 2013 general races.
Chiloba told journalists that the last period of voter enlistment before August surveys will cost 20 million U.S. dollars while the main part of the assets will be directed toward securing of advanced gear and pay rates for representatives who will manage the work out.
In this way, nine million Kenyans who have achieved the lawful period of voting are yet to be issued with a voter’s card.
Chiloba said the appointive organization has thought of a complete procedure to guarantee all the nine million unregistered voters get the card and take an interest in the surveys.
“The constituent office will utilize every one of the stages accessible to connect with unregistered voters. No Kenyan who has achieved the lawful time of voting ought to be denied an opportunity to partake in the August General decisions,” said Chiloba.
He in the meantime uncovered that the constituent office will send 7,793 biometric voter enlistment (BVR) units at ward level countrywide to encourage the new voter posting.
Kenya’s electoral agency in November 2012 led mass voter enlistment practice in front of the March 2013 general races.
In February 2016, the organization commenced a month long voter enlistment practice that focused on 4.8 million new voters. Best in class innovation was utilized to list new voters in both activities to dissuade misbehaviors.
The constituent office supervisor guaranteed Kenyans that the continuous voter enrollment practice will be led in a judicious way.
Kenya’s major political groupings have pledged to activate their supporters to take part in the last voter enlistment practice in front of the surveys.
Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his adversaries in the restriction have announced that they will lead across the country crusades to urge their supporters to procure a voter’s card.
Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party (JP) and the as of late propelled restriction National Super Alliance (NASA) have occupied with a ferocious scramble for votes in their fortifications and swing zones.
“The current year’s races will be uncommon and major political gatherings will utilize muscles amid the most recent voter enrollment work out. Toward the day’s end, the gathering that will have a higher number of enrolled voters will win the decision,” said Vincent Kimosop, a Nairobi-based attorney.
He included that political gatherings will spend colossal measure of cash to assemble their supporters to secure a voters’ card.