Nairobi, KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has affirmed 19,611,423 million voters that will be participating in the upcoming general elections after the final audit.
Addressing the press in Nairobi on Tuesday ,IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, said that the commission has finalized the completion and certification of the register of voters for purposes of the 2017 general election after taking into consideration findings of the biometric verification exercise done by KPMG.
“The law states that every adult citizen shall exercise the right to vote specified in Article 38(3) of the Constitution if the citizen is registered in the Register of Voters. Section 2 of the Elections Act 2011 (as amended) defines the “Register of Voters” as a current register of persons entitled to vote at an election prepared in accordance with section 3 and includes a register that is compiled electronically.” Said
He added that the number includes 4,393 Diaspora people in five countries and another one of 5,528 registered in 118 prisons across the country.
According to Chebukati, the Commission expunged a total of 88,602 deceased persons from the register.
He revealed that a number of 1.7 million voters are from the coast region.
He further said that, the register of voters has increased by 36% a total of 5,222,642 voters since 2013; while the current register of voters consist of voters registered during 2012.
The Register of Voters shall be made available online and via SMS for purposes of inspection starting Thursday 29th June 2017 until the Election Day.
IEBC has announced the satisfied voters with only 40 days to the general election as the process of printing the ballot papers is being fast tracked.