Low voter verification decried as deadline nears

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has decried the poor turnout in the ongoing voter verification exercise in Kisumu County.

Kisumu Deputy County Returning Officer, Mr. Edwin Nyakoyo said with barely two days to the close of the exercise, most of the registered voters in the area were yet to verify their details.

Nyakoyo said the poor turnout was regrettable as the exercise was critical in ensuring that the voters details were accurate to enable them participate in the August 8, General elections.

This exercise is very important especially now that we are heading to the general election. The numbers are below our expectation and I do not know why people have neglected their civic duty, he said.

He observed that most of the people who have turned up for the exercise were not registered in the area adding that mistakes in the register were minimal.

When a person notices a mistake, we give them a form to fill and request them to come back with their National Identity card or the voter’s card for corrections to be done, he said.

He disclosed that most of those who have been given the forms have not returned them and will be locked out of the elections if they fail to do so in the next two days.

The voter verification exercise started on May 11 and ends Friday, June 9, 2017.

The commission had earlier indicated that the deadline would not be extended to enable it finalize preparations for the general elections.

Source: Kenya News Agency