BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH OCT,2021-Independent Electoral and Boundaries and Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati has urged Kenyans who have not yet registered to vote to do so.
Speaking on Monday during the launch of Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration exercise in Nakuru county, Chebukati said that the commission targets to register six million Kenyans countrywide.
The launch was attended by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, dignitaries from the UK, Canada and Germany and Nakuru MPs.
The exercise will take place from October 4 to November 2, except in areas with a by-election.
“The voter registration is the first step in the roadmap to the 2022 general election, the voter registration exercise shall be followed by cleaning of the registration data, and later the commission shall audit the register,” Chebukati said.
“That’s why we are here today to roll out the mass continuous voter registration exercise that is currently being done in 1,450 county assembly wards except the ones with by-elections ,” Chebukati added.
According to Chebukati, the commission has allocated three kits to every ward, the kits will be rotating in the 27,241 registration centers which have been gazetted countrywide.
The commission will also use the 52 Huduma centers countrywide for registration of voters; the centers will especially be used by voters who do not want to travel to register in their home areas but wish to vote from there.
The commission will also make arrangements for students in universities and colleges to register as voters provided they key in details of where they want to vote from.
Chebukati has also assured Kenyans the commission is working round the clock to improve the voter experience as it prepares for the 2022 General Election with a clarion call to Kenyans to embrace peace and shun violence.
Kinyanjui urged MPs to pass laws that will make sure the IEBC is well funded so that its work can be enhanced.
“I wish to request Members of Parliament to look at the budgetary allocation for the IEBC, they will work with what they have, it is therefore extremely important you see how there can be increased budgetary allocation for IEBC,” Kinyanjui said.
Dignitaries urged Kenyans to register as voters as their future depends on the decision they make at the ballot. They also called for enhanced civic education to voters