IEBC to conduct Diaspora voter registration February 2017


The electoral commission plans to enlist over 6.7 million unregistered voters from next month.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba, said Friday that mass voter registration previously slated to start in February will now begin January.

The commission further published revised election timelines in readiness for the 2017 General Election as preparations are in top gear.

The voter registration will start on January 16 and end February 15.

The exercise expected to take 30 days would be followed by the registration of voters in the diaspora, which the commission has scheduled to start February 16 to February 21, next year.

In February this year, the commission failed to achieve its target of registering four million voters only managing a paltry 1.2 million.

ODM has opposed the participation of diaspora voters in the coming elections due to lack of transparency on the actual numbers targeted.

Chiloba noted that proper framework capable of facilitating a transparent voter registration and voting by the diaspora, which is acceptable and verifiable should be put in place before Kenyans abroad can be allowed to vote in a presidential elections.

Last week, IEBC appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the commission to access date of expected voters in the diaspora but not much had been achieved this far.

An IEBC initiated plan to map out the location of diaspora voters failed after it was shunned by many Kenyans abroad who feared volunteering personal information.

Many were suspicious that the information could have been used by the hosting governments to eject them due to suspicious immigration status.