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IEBC targets 520,000 new voters in Central Rift region

Mr Towett told journalists in Nakuru town this morning that the commission is targeting to register over 520,000 new voters in the Central Rift region which includes Nakuru, Samburu, Laikipia and Baringo counties.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 11 Jan 2017 13:48 EAT

IEBC Central Rift region coordinator David Towett. (Photo: Jackson Okata/Kenya Free Press).

Preparations for the second phase of the mass voter registration in the Central Rift region are nearly complete, with biometric voter registration kits being distributed at various registration centers in the region. Central Rift IEBC regional coordinator David Towett has said that the commission is in the process of holding stakeholders' forums at the constituency and county level with the aim of mobilizing residents to turn out in large numbers and register as voters.

“We are planning to hold stakeholders' forums at county and constituency level as one way of mobilizing people to come out and register during this window,” Mr Towett told journalists in Nakuru town this morning. He said the commission is targeting to register over 520,000 new voters in the Central Rift region which includes Nakuru, Samburu, Laikipia and Baringo counties.

“The preparations for the mass voter registration in the region as so far going on well and we have already begun distributing the BVR kits to the constituencies in readiness for the exercise,” he said, “Our target is to register over 520,000 new voters in the 23 constituencies that from the central rift region and we have 676 BVR kits which will be used at the 2,351 registration centers in the one month exercise,” he added.

Mr Towett said that a total of 1,548 voter registration officials have been hired on a temporary basis in the region to undertake the exercise. “We have 1548 officials who are working on temporary basis and they will work with other over 50 employees who are on permanent basis to ensure that the exercise runs smoothly”.

According to coordinator IEBC will also recruit two voter educators per county assembly ward who will be charged with the responsibility of educating Kenyans on the importance and need of registering as voters as well as participating in the election process. Of the 520 000 new voters the IEBC  is targeting in the Central Rift region, 27,118 are from Samburu, 81,000 from Laikipia, 227,000 from Nakuru and 185,000 voters from Baringo.

The second phase of the countrywide mass voter registration is expected to being on the 16 of this month and will run until the 14th of February.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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