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IEBC kicks off second phase of mass voter registration

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IEBC kicks off second phase of mass voter registration

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will roll out the second phase of mass voter registration across the country beginning today.

The electoral body which failed to realize its target of six million newly registered voters in the first phase, now hopes to register 4.5 million new voters by February 6 when the exercise ends.

In the new drive, IEBC plans to deploy more registration kits to learning institutions and at least three Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits per ward to achieve the target.

Speaking during a retreat on election preparedness, the commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati announced that the window between January 17 and February 6 will also allow Kenyans who want to transfer polling stations or change their voting particulars to do so.

In the diaspora, the Voter registration exercise will begin on January 21 and will target the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Sudan, Qatar, United Arabs Emirates, and Germany.

According to IEBC, once the second phase of mass registration closes, an audit of the voter registration process will be done followed by inspection and verification of the voter’s register.

Only 1.52 million voters registered in the first phase of the registration exercise conducted between October 4 and November 5, 2021.

The low registration turnout was blamed on the lack of ID cards among the youth and poor civic education.

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati
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