Kenya:Voter registration kicks off countrywide

Published by Daily Nation
On 16 January 2017 saa 02:43
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Registration of voters kicked off countrywide Monday with the electoral body targeting to list six million Kenyans.

The registration started early morning in most parts of the country with no hitches reported.

In Eldoret, Meru and Nyeri, residents started steaming in at registration centres as early as 6am Monday.

Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi visited Huduma Centre in Nyeri to check the uncollected national identity cards.

She said there are at least 1,800 uncollected identity cards at the centre.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) launched the registration campaign on Sunday and warned that those who will not have registered by February 14 will have no other opportunity to do so.

IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said his team would target six million voters, to add to the 15.9 million already registered.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cord leader Raila Odinga are expected to mobilise their supporters to turn out in large numbers and enlist in readiness for the August elections.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta would lead the Jubilee team in rallying Kenyans to register.

Mr Odinga would tour all Cord strongholds to campaign for voter registration.

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IEBC clerk helps a voter to register at Free Hall, Mombasa County on January 16, 2017.