IEBC says 800,000 voters have placed transfer requests

  • Less than 5 months to the polls, the commission says it is working round the clock to ensure it delivers a free, fair, and credible election.
  • IEBC said the 800,000 requests were made during the October 2021 to February 2022 enhanced voter registration exercise.
  • The commission is also uploading the data of 2,554,447 new voters into their register.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says 800,000 registered voters have requested to be transferred to different voting centres across the 47 counties.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati revealed that preparations for the General Elections are taking shape as the commission plans to clean up the register in the month of April.

Less than 5 months to the August 9 polls, the commission says it is working round the clock to ensure it delivers a free, fair and credible election.

Chebukati and IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan on Thursday told the Senate committee on Justice and Legal Affairs that the 800,000 requests by voters were made during the period which the commission held the enhanced voter registration which was done in 2 phases between October 2021 and February 2022.

Further, the commission is also uploading the data of 2,554,447 new voters into their register that had more than 19 million registered voters. The cumulative number of registered voters in the country now stands at 22,223,445.

IEBC will then embark on a clean-up exercise of the register that will involve an audit before the document can be availed to Kenyans for scrutiny between the months of April and May.

Chebukati also revealed that Kenyans in the diaspora have been registered across 12 centres in the U.S, U.K, Qatar, Germany, South Sudan, Tanzania, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa; 7 out of the 12 are new centres.

IEBC said it will crack the whip on politicians fueling hate speech across the country.

The commission is also expected to recruit the highest number of poll officials in an election so far, in July.

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