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IEBC targets 6mn voters in continuous registration drive slated for October

NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 10 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has committed to register at least six million new voters in October, when the agency rolls out a nationwide continuous voter registration process.

Commission Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on Friday said the continuous voter registration exercise will be conducted at the County Assembly Ward level.

“I urge all eligible Kenyans who have not registered as voters to turn up in large numbers and register,” he said as he unveiled the four new members of the commission who were sworn into office by Chief Justice Martha Koome to replace four commissioners who quit after the 2017 General Election.

The entry of Commissioners Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya completes the agency that has been operating with three commissioners for almost two years.

The Commissioners have already been inducted and taken through various programmes including corporate governance and Commission operations.

The entry of Commissioners Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya completes the agency that has been operating with three commissioners for almost two years/IEBC

They join Chebukati and Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Mulu.

The vacancies in the Commission were occasioned by the resignation of Commissioners Consolata Maina (Vice Chairperson), Paul Kurgat, Margret Mwachanya and Roselyne Akombe.

To ensure the registration exercise is conducted smoothly, Chebukati appealed for adequate and timely funding of the commission.

The National Treasury had already allocated the electoral body Sh26.3 billion for the election set for August 9, 2021 but the commission insisted on additional funds.

Chebukati said the Commission needed an additional Sh40 billion to handle the General Election.

The huge cost implication has been pegged on delivering a successful election devoid of irregularities.

But even as the cash standoff persists, Chebukati maintained that the Commission is ready to conduct a free, fair and transparent General Election which is under a year away.

“The Commission would like to assure the public and all stakeholders that it will continue working as a team to deliver aa credible 2022 General Election,” he said.

Chebukati however, raised concerns over the heightened political activities in the country that he regretted is causing unnecessary tension.

“The Commission appeals to political players and stakeholders to avoid this trend as the official campaign period is outlined in the Election Operations,” he said.

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