IEBC Voter Registration 2017 kicked off countrywide Monday (16.1.2017) with the electoral body targeting to list six million Kenyans.
The registration started early morning in most parts of the country with no hitches reported.
In Eldoret, Meru and Nyeri, residents started steaming in at registration centres as early as 6am Monday.
Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi visited Huduma Centre in Nyeri to check the uncollected national identity cards.
She said there are at least 1,800 uncollected identity cards at the centre.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) launched the registration campaign on Sunday and warned that those who will not have registered by February 14 will have no other opportunity to do so.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said his team would target six million voters, to add to the 15.9 million already registered.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cord leader Raila Odinga are expected to mobilise their supporters to turn out in large numbers and enlist in readiness for the August elections.
State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta would lead the Jubilee team in rallying Kenyans to register.
Mr Odinga would tour all Cord strongholds to campaign for voter registration.
IEBC Voter Registration 2017 – Overview
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will conduct the second phase of mass voter registration starting January 2017. The IEBC voter registration 2017 will commence on 16th January 2017 and end on February 14th 2017.
IEBC will further conduct a 15 day diaspora registration between February 1st and 17th.
IEBC will also conduct a seven-day voter education week starting January 8th -15th, 2017.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission field officers will then collect data, load and transmit to the central database between 16th and 21st February.
“Between 22nd February and 17th March, the commission will conduct a 21 day register preparation, duplication, and printing”, the commission said.
The electoral body will then conclude with a 15 day kit preparation and loading of registration data between March 16th and 31st.
Thereafter, the commission will between April 1st and 17th distribute kits to registration centers before opening the register for verification of biometric data by the public between April 17th and May 17th.
“The commission will then have 30 days to amend the register before the final register is certified and published within another seven days,” said the commission on its website.
IEBC said timely recruitment of the new commissioners will ensure that they participate in rolling out the voter registration program.
Political parties are expected to have completed selection of candidates between Jan 13th, 2017, and May 19th.
Submission of party nomination rules, party membership list, names of party primaries, gazettement of candidates and date of primaries, and dispute resolution by Political Parties Dispute Tribunal are among the requirements political parties are expected to have achieved in the same period.
The commission, however, said it anticipates that more time will be required to resolve disputes arising from party primaries.
“Unlike 2013, the commission estimates 30 days for dispute resolution by the political parties Dispute Tribunal”, it said.
Aspiring candidates have been advised to submit their independent candidate symbols, letter of intent to vie and clearance from the registrar of political parties to IEBC.
IEBC Voter Registration 2017 News
IEBC voter registration 2017 targets up to six million new voters
The IEBC plans to list up to six million new voters in its second mass voter registration planned to kick off next Monday, January 16.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba on Monday said the agency is targeting young Kenyans who recently acquired national IDs.
“Records with the registration bureau shows that nine million Kenyan adults have identification cards but are yet to register,” Mr Chiloba said during a consultative meeting with media practitioners in Nairobi.
The commission, he said, would use 7,793 Biometric Voter Registration kits for the exercise, up from 5,776 kits used in the previous voter listing.
IEBC Final Voters Register
The kits will be deployed countrywide at the ward level, with the main distribution criteria being geographical area.
Mr Chiloba said the commission wants to have a provisional register printed by March 15 and open it for verification by April 10.
The verification is expected to last 30 days, followed by amendments that will lead to a final register by June 17.
The IEBC’s goal is to register 22 million voters, up from the 15,857,185 who had been listed as of June 30, 2016.