BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,27TH JUNE,2017-It is now official that a total of 6.6 million new voters will participate in August 8 elections.This is after the independent Electoral and Boundaries commission IEBC released the official number of voters in the registered in mass voter registration 1 and mass voter registration 2.
While releasing the figures Tuesday 27th June in Nairobi,IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said that names of 88,602 voters perceived to be dead were removed from the register.The new voters according to the Electoral body represents 36% increase.
The register of voters has a 47% female representation and 53% male representation.Of 9,930,315 persons registered are youth between 18-34 years old.
Chebukati also announced that all Kenyans will be able to confirm their registration status by Thursday 29th June after the commission makes available Both online and SMS methods.
He once again expressed his confidence that the KIEMS technology will provide full proof identification on election day.
The merged voters register now has a total of 19,611,423 after combining the figures with the voters that were in the register that was used in 2013 elections.
Meanwhile the case challenging the award of ballot papers printing tender to a Dubai based firm Al ghurair will now be heard on Friday 30th June.This is after the three judge bench of Joel Ngugi,J.J Mativo and George Odunga directed all concerned parties to return to court for the ruling .
Lawyers representing the independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission which is a party to the case and the opposition coalition NASA parties in the case were in court Tuesday and given the orders.
The National Super Alliance NASA went to court to challenge the Tender after they claimed that the firm had strong links to the Jubilee government and therefore could not be trusted anymore to deliver.This comes even as Al ghurair distanced itself Tuesday that it had links with president Uhuru Kenyatta.In sworn affidavit produced in court the firm has denied any link with state house .