Press Statement: Mass Voter Registration and Related Matters

MASS VOTER REGISTRATION PHASE II The Commission held its first plenary meeting on 23 January 2017, and discussed progress on the Mass Voter Registration. As a result, the Commission wishes to make the following statement. ''We just concluded the first week of Mass Voter Registration II drive. We wish to remind Kenyans that the exercise will continue until February 14, 2017. We urge Kenyans to register and not to wait until the last day to register. The Commission will not extend this period. The Commission has received preliminary data on the ongoing mass voter registration campaign for the first week of registration (see details attached).  The total number of applicants the first seven days stands at 825,145 constituting 58% of the weekly target of 1.4 million.  Due to logistical constraints, the data we have does not include the full data from the following constituencies: Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Ganze, Turkana East and Samburu West Constituencies. The details of registration trends per county are attached for your review. Challenges: The Commission has noted the following challenges facing the MVR campaign:
  • Drought: The Commission has received reports that the ongoing drought in some Counties has had a negative impact on voter registration due to movement of people to other areas.
  • Insecurity: We have received reports of insecurity in some parts of the country especially in Mandera, Pokot and Turkana. For instance on 18th January 2017 in a place called Jilomata Centre in Hulugho Ward of Ijara Constituency there was a reported incident of fire exchange between the police on patrol and suspected Al-Shabaab elements, affecting the registration process.
  • Registration of youth in institutions of learning: There are concerns about registration of youth currently in colleges away from their voting areas
The commission is taking immediate measures to address the challenges outlined above, including considering the use of mobile registration centers. SHARED IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS IN THE VOTER REGISTER DATABASE Analysis conducted by the Commission in January 2017 on the status of the Register of Voters, shows that there are 128,926  records shared registration documents (ID and Passport numbers). This number represents 0.8% of the total number of voters in the database. Our analysis further shows that shared IDs could be a result of the following:
  •    Data entry errors at the time of registration
  •    Possible use of one ID to register more than once
  •    Attempted registration of more than one person using same ID
  •    Shared National ID numbers.
Out of the 128,926 records of shared IDs, the Commission identified 107,777 records that show Same ID but different names. A further analysis showed that 53,671 of IDs were shared more than once. The remaining 21,149 are for persons who attempted to register more than once in different polling stations. We have also attached a list showing the distribution of the shared IDs across the country. As a way forward, the Commission is working closely with NRB to clean up all the shared IDs.  In addition, a team of Registration officers and ICT operators are conducting further cleanup. The Commission will make available the provisional register to the members of the public for verification.  The Commission wishes to emphasize that malpractices such as double registration will be firmly dealt with according to the law. Featured Image: IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati, Mediamax

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