Kenya: Low Turn Out For Voters Registration Drive

By Samuel Ouma

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati

One week after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission launched the Enhanced Voter Registration (ECVR) drive, most Kenyans without voting cards are yet to register.

In a statement released on Monday, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said only 202518 new voters were registered last week out of the weekly national target of 1500000.

According to Chebukati, Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Wajir, West Pokot, Mandera, Nandi, Baringo, Narok, Turkana, and Tana River Counties have recorded the highest percentage of target.

Meanwhile, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Embu, Laikipia, Muranga, Kitui, Nyandarua, Nyeri, and Kiambu recorded the lowest proportion of targets in the last seven days.

IEBC attributed the low turnout to instability in Lamu, Baringo, and Laikipia counties, as well as along the Kenya-Somalia border, a lack of ID cards, and a culture of a last-minute rush for the low turnout.

“Lack of National Identity Cards by a population that have reached the age of 18 years above have not received their ID cards for various reasons,” Chebukati stated.

The commission also announced that it received 5206 requests for voter transfers.

The drive, which targets 6 million new voters, commenced on October 4 and will run for 30 days.


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