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Monday, 16 Jan 2017 14:07 EAT
The 30-day countrywide Mass Voter Registration exercise began countrywide today in all 24,613 registration centres, with the electoral commission targeting between four and six million new voters. Nine million eligible Kenyans are currently not registered as voters, and the commission concedes a substantial number of them won't turn up or be served during the ongoing registration window.
An estimated 7,793 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits are positioned at the County Assembly Ward level in the entire country which will be shared in all the registration centres. This will be the last registration that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is conducting before the General Election on August 8, 2017. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy are leading Jubilee Party leaders in mobilizing their supporters to register in large number in an attempt to repeat ‘the tyranny of numbers’ in seeking their re-election.
On their part, opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi, who are in talks for the formation of a super alliance, also see the opportunity as central in their plans to beat Jubilee. Mr Odinga accompanied Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero in launching the exercise at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and later toured eight of Nairobi’s 17 constituencies to urge his supporters to turn out in large numbers for the month-long exercise.
The registration is being conducted in 24,613 polling centres countrywide, according to IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba. IEBC has recruited over 15,000 personnel to carry out the exercise.