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Electoral body decries low turnout in voter registration.

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Electoral body decries low turnout in voter registration.

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One week after the rollout of the second phase of mass voter registration, the IEBC has decried low turnout for the ongoing drive across the country.

Commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati has called on those yet to register, especially the youth, to do so before the February 6 deadline.

Chebukati observed that the exercise will not be extended as that would interfere with the already gazetted election timelines.


“We have already gazetted the election timelines and I don’t think we will extend the voter registration exercise,” said Chebukati.

He, however, commended the number of university students turning out for the exercise, terming it impressive.

“The university students are doing well but I want to remind the rest of the eligible voters yet to register that the process ends on February 6,” he observed.

The second phase of mass voter registration was rolled out after the commission failed to achieve its target of six million new registered voters in the first phase that was conducted between October and November last year.

IEBC now hopes to register 4.5 million voters in the second drive.

“Once we are done, we will kick off the auditing process and that is when we will clean the register and ask people to only confirm their details,” added Chebukati.

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