The new IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati (second left), addresses the press in Nairobi on January 24, 2017. PHOTO/UPESI NEWS
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI 24TH JAN 2017-The independent Electoral and Boundaries commission managed to register 825,145 voters in the first week of mass voter registration exercise.In the first weekly update from the commission ,IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati has however outlined several challenges which hampered the exercise which targets to nab 1.4 millions new voters a week.
According to Chebukati said the data does not include figures from Kilifi North and South, Ganze, Turkana East and Samburu West constituencies due to “logistical challenges.”.He also said it is facing challenges in registering voters in areas affected by insecurity and drought.More than 128,000 people were found to have shared identification details in the voters’ register.
The admission could resolve the puzzle raised last week by opposition politicians Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka after they discovered they shared voter details with other Kenyans.
Mr Chebukati told journalists in Nairobi that the problem may have been caused by erroneous data entered by clerks or simply applicants submitting the same details to different IEBC officials for registration.
The IEBC kicked off mass registration of voters on Monday last week, targeting six million more voters to add to the 14.3 million who were registered the last time the commission listed voters on a mass scale.
IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba argued the numbers are consistent with recent trends when voters trickled in from the start but numbers grew as the deadline for registration neared.