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IEBC resumes Voter Registration Exercise

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has resumed the Constituency office based Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and revision of the voter’s roll exercise for new registration and transfer of registration status.

The IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, said the resumption of the exercise which is only for eligible voters who have not registered will also allow the change of particulars and deletion of dead voters from the voter register.

“The Commission also plans to conduct voter registration for citizens residing outside the country for a period of 15 days from 6th to 20th December, 2021,” said Chebukati who urged eligible Kenyans to register to enable them exercise their democratic rights.

He added that before the commencement of the exercise, IEBC will publish in the Kenya Gazette names of registration centres and countries where the registration and voting will take place and the period of registration.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the Chairman said the Commission will also subject the 1,519,294 new voter’s record who registered during the Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration to a duplication process to compare biometric data of the new voters with the existing 19,668,968 voters for purposes of eliminating multiple records.

Regarding the auditing of the voters register, Chebukati disclosed that the Commission will engage a professional reputable firm to conduct an audit of the register to verify its accuracy, to recommend mechanisms of enhancing the accuracy of the register and updating it.

“This exercise will be conducted after the closure of the continuous voter registration and at least six months before the date of the general election,” stated the chairman.

He at the same time announced that the Commission will open the register of voters for verification of biometric data by members of the public in their polling stations for a period of 30 days to enable them correct omissions.

Chebukati said after the completion of the verification exercise, the Commission will publish a gazette notice not later than 28th February 2022 to pave way for commencement of inspection and biometric verification of data.

“The Commission will certify and publish the register of voters for the 2022 General Elections by June 2022 in the Kenya Gazette with the details of the name of the County Assembly Ward and the total number of registered voters,” he stated.

During the Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration Exercise conducted from October 4th to November 5th this year, IEBC managed to register a total of 1,519,294 voters out of the targeted 6,000,000 eligible voters and a total of 421,057 voters who were transferring from their current registration centres.

Kenyans wishing to get details on the Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration which ended on 5th November this month have been told to follow the link https://www.iebc.or.ke/media/?press

By Bernadette Khaduli

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