The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to launch Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
The month-long activity that aims at registering new voters in the country will kick off in Murang’a County on Oct 4 to Nov 2nd and targets to enroll 135,235 new voters in 35 wards.
The County Elections Manager, Mr Joseph Mukewa, divulged to KNA that the month long exercise will take place in all the seven constituencies of Murang’a County and all preparations have been completed.
“We are targeting 135,235 new voters in the seven constituencies and mostly these are the people who did not vote in the last election as they were not registered by then,” confirmed Mukewa.
He also added that the citizens who attained the age of 18 from 2017 and beyond and got their identification cards will be registered as voters ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
“In Kangema, Mathioya, Kiharu, Kigumo, Maragua, Kandara and Gatanga constituencies the exercise will be conducted every day from 8am to 5pm in all the marked registration centers,” noted Mukewa adding that each ward will have three BVR kits manned by two clerks.
A kit movement schedule will also be issued across wards so as to reach the targeted new voters. After registration the new voter will be issued with an acknowledgement slip.
“Normal continuous voter registration will continue beyond the exercise in our offices where members of the public can visit, check their voter details or even change their polling stations,” stated Mukewa.
The electoral manager advised non-listed voters not to wait until the last day of the exercise but to come out early and register.
“We have seen in the past where Kenyans wait until the last day. Do not wait to see if the exercise will be extended, if you did not vote in 2017, then this is your chance to exercise your constitutional right and enroll as a voter,” he said.
By Florence Kinyua and Anita Omwenga