The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) in collaboration with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has commenced sensitization training, on the forthcoming General Election and the Elections Amendment Bill, 2022 for journalists in Nakuru County.
The County IEBC Manager, Silas Rotich, said the conceptualization of the Bill has a lot of positive inputs, meant to reduce unnecessary squabbling between the candidates and the electoral body.
Rotich said transferring of voters must follow the laid down regulations, which requires that a voter should have stayed or owned businesses for a minimum of six months at the Constituency they want their registration to be transferred to.
He noted that without such a regulation, candidates were likely to transfer ‘bought’ voters to boost their numbers, hence winning unfairly.
Speaking at the Red Cross Society of Kenya offices in Nakuru City, the IEBC Manager further clarified that voter registration was still going on at the Constituency Offices across the country and the Huduma Centres until the 28th of February, 2022, where voters are allowed to inspect the register and ensure that their details were captured properly.
At the same time, Rotich said independent candidates must not appear on any party list by the 2nd of May, 2022 and that they should have their own symbols to distinguish them from other party sponsored candidates.
By Veronica Bosibori