KENYA’S ELECTORAL COMMISSION PUTS FINAL FIGURE OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS FOR AUG 8 POLLS AT 19.61 MILLION

NAIROBI, The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has finalized certification of the voters’ register which will be used to conduct Kenya’s Aug 8 general election with its chairman, Wafula Chebukati, putting the final figure of eligible voters at 19,611,423.

of the total electorate, 53 per cent are male while 47 per cent are female. Nairobi County tops the list as the county with the highest number of registered voters at 2,250,853, while neighbouring Kiambu County to the north of the capital, is second with 1,180,920 registered voters.

Eligible voters in the diaspora number 4,393, prisons have 5,528 eligible voters while Lamu County on the coast, with just over 69,000 voters, represent constituencies with the lowest voter numbers.

Chebukati said in a statement here Tuesday that the electoral body had managed to expunge the names of 88,602 voters who had died from the electoral roll.

The current register shows an increase of 36 per cent in the number of voters compared with the 2013 general election.

The current Register of Voters consists of voters registered during 2012 (the 2013 Register of Voters), continuous voter registration (CVR), and mass voter registration (MVR) phase I and II, the diaspora and persons deprived of liberty (prisoners).

Chebukati added that the IEBC took into consideration findings of the biometric verification exercise which was held between May 9 and June 9, 2017 and the KPMG audit during the preparation of the register.

For the Aug 8 elections, a total of 40,883 polling stations would be set up, with each one capped to serve not more than 700 voters each.

The Register of Voters shall be made available online and via SMS for purposes of inspection from this Thursday until Polling Day.

Meanwhile, the detailed statistics have been made available for review and analysis by stakeholders.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK