NAIROBI: Monday, October 13, 2014
The IEBC has adopted a new voter registration outreach strategy. The public can now enroll as voters at the one-stop public service Huduma Centres. Nakuru and Kisii are among the first towns to offer IEBC officials desks to register voters using the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. Huduma Centres are convenient for voter registration because that is where the public go for primary documents for registration such as ID cards and Passports.
The IEBC is mandated by law to maintain an updated register of voters which it must regularly revise and update by adding those who have not registered and deleting the names of deceased voters. The Election Act 2011 says IEBC will “conduct a fresh voter registration, if necessary, at intervals of not less than eight years, and not more than twelve years, immediately after the Commission reviews the names and boundaries of the constituencies in accordance with Article 89 (2) of the Constitution”. The current exercise is not a fresh registration of voters.