The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to register 6 million new voters and a minimum of 4 million voters in the second mass voter registration. The IEBC register has 15,900,000 voters.
While addressing the nation today Mr Ezra Chiloba, The chief executive of Officer of IEBC said until November 2016 9 million Kenyans with ID cards were without voting cards. The second mass voter registration is set to commence on 16th January 2017
Mr. Chiloba said the commission expects to get 6 million or 4 million new voters at worst case scenario. New registration centers to be converted into polling stations.
Kenyans who have attained the age of 18 years and with ID cards or Kenyan valid passports can visit the registration centers countrywide as these are the only requirements.
In the second phase of mass voter registration 24613 BVR kits shall be used across the country which is an increase of 54 new centers as compared to 2013, Chiloba added that change of voter particulars to be done at sub county IEBC offices.
The IEBC Chief Executive officer emphasized that this time around a minimum of 3 BVRV kits and a maximum of 10 kits per ward to be used, upto 8000 kits will be used which is a significant increase from 5756 kits used in the first phase of mass voter registration.
The Kits which are locked at constituency level meaning you can register anywhere you will vote from ward level within the constituency. The kits will last in a voter registration center for 10 days.
Kits movement schedules and movement is to be done at ward level. Mr Chiloba said that IEBC has deployed 2900 voter educators at ward level who one of their role is to move around and sensitize wanainchi on when a kit will be at a registration center.
IEBC is in talks with the Kenya Prisons and special arrangements to be made to allow prisoners registered as voters, But on diaspora voters Mr. Chiloba expressed that the commission is yet to decide on the countries to do diaspora voter registration.
Mr Chiloba told Kenyans to expect increased media presence/campaign to be witnessed at county and national level from 23rd January 2017 when the annual voter education week commences.
According to the law voter registration is not be done in areas with expecting by elections, which means two wards one in Migori and another one in Baringo County will have to do voter registration after their respective by elections.
The IEBC boss urged political leaders and aspirants to help sensitize citizens on voter registration.