How IEBC Performed in the 2nd Week of Mass Voter Registration

By George Gĩthĩnji Last updated on
How IEBC Performed on the 2nd Week of Mass Voter Registration

IEBC has received the preliminary results on the ongoing mass voter registration for the second week. However, IEBC says this is raw data and it will subject it to further cleaning and verification as the law requires.

Yours truly posted an article on how IEBC performed in the 1st week of voter registration last week. In the first week, IEBC registered 825,145 people, which represented 58% of IEBC’s weekly target of 1.4 million applicants. However, these were also preliminary results.

During the first week, IEBC did not have enough data from a few constituencies because of “logistical constraints”. The constituencies were Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Ganze, Turkana East, and Samburu West. IEBC also addressed the issue of shared IDs in the voter registration database. Follow the link above for more information.

The results of mass voter registration for the second week reflect the 14 days since the exercise began. So far, the preliminary data shows that 1,539,879 people have registered. They represent 53.94% of the cumulative target for the second week.

Therefore, for the last seven days after the end of the first week, the preliminary results show that IEBC registered 714,734 Kenyans. This figure represents 51% of the IEBC target of 1.4 million people in the mass voter registration exercise. This figure is lower than the one reported for the first week that stood at 58%. The variation between the two figures is 110,411 voters representing 7.9% of the target number of voters at 1.4 million.

For the last 14 days, IEBC have managed to register slightly above half of their total target weekly number in the mass voter registration exercise. The total target now stands at 2.8 million voters for the last two weeks. The figure 1,539,879 for the last 14 days represents 53.94% of the cumulative target at 2.8 million. This represents 25% of the upper target of 6 million voters and 38.50% of the lower limit
target of 4 million voters.

Because of these dismal figures, IEBC acknowledges that it needs to do more in the mass voter registration exercise.

The top 10 performing counties against the target in the mass voter registration

The top ten performing counties against the target were:

  • Kajiado
  • Mandera
  • Kirinyaga
  • Kiambu
  • Murang’a
  • Narok
  • Nakuru
  • Wajir
  • Tana River
  • Garissa

The Top 10 Counties Accounting for Most Registration in the mass voter registration

The top ten counties that accounted for most registration were:

  • Nairobi City
  • Kiambu
  • Nakuru
  • Meru
  • Mombasa
  • Kilifi
  • Kakamega
  • Murang’a
  • Machakos
  • Kisumu

Concerns of IEBC in the second week of mass voter registration

IEBC has raised some issues it identified in the second week of mass voter registration.

Low registration in some counties

IEBC is concerned that some counties with highest potential voting population (100,000 and above) are below 20% of their total targets. These counties include Vihiga, Nyeri, Kisii, Kericho, Kakamega, Bungoma, Siaya, and Kitui. IEBC pleads with stakeholders in these counties to work closely with its officers to ensure that all eligible Kenyans are registered.

Drought in pastoral areas

IEBC says it is aware that drought and difficult logistical challenges has affected voter registration in pastoral areas. The logistical challenges are due to the vastness of these areas. IEBC decided to allow its registration officers to set camp within the electoral areas where the potential voters are currently settling.

However, IEBC shall restrict the movement of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kit within the constituency. IEBC has also directed registration officers in affected counties to accept transfer and change of particulars applications at their respective registration centres.

Transfer of voters

The Commission received complaints on transportation of voters from one electoral area to another. There also allegations that some of those transfers involve some form of inducement. IEBC acknowledges that the law allows Kenyans to register anywhere. However, they should not make the decision to transfer to a particular electoral area under undue influence or any form of bribery. Such conduct amounts to an electoral offence.

IEBC says it has deployed investigation officers on the ground to establish the veracity of these claims.

Cleaning up of the Register of Voters

In the last briefing, the Commission said that it found 128,926 records of voters with shared identification documents. It wishes to state to the public that it has confirmed 50,174 records of voters to be legitimate. The cleaning up of the register of voters is ongoing.

The commission promises to take the following measures to ensure a complete clean register of voters:

  • The Commission will publish all the names of persons appearing in the duplicate records per constituency to allow for public scrutiny at that level.
  • IEBC will give persons appearing on the list of duplicate IDs an amnesty of 10 days to correct their registration details. The amnesty shall begin from the date IEBC publishes the names. If the affected persons do not take action, IEBC will delete their names from the voters register.
  • The Commission has begun configuring the BVR system to ensure that, just like fingerprints, the ID numbers forms part of the unique identifiers of the voters. Therefore, at the time of preparing the final register of voters, the BVR system shall automatically identify duplicate IDs and separate them from the rest of the records.
  • The Commission shall run the entire records of the voters register against the National Registration Bureau database. This intends to confirm the authenticity of ownership of the ID numbers. It will occur after the mass voter registration phase 2 and before the final certification of the voters register.
  • The Commission says it has arranged with the Registrar of Births and Deaths to remove dead voters on a continuous basis.

Preliminary evidence shows that there are persons countrywide who might have registered more than once. IEBC informs them that it is an offence and it shall take legal action if they do not correct the situation.

Other concerns IEBC addressed in week 2 of mass voter registration

Other concerns IEBC has addressed in phase 2 of mass voter registration are:

  1. Registration of Students in Colleges and Universities
  2. Registration of Prisoners
  3. The registration of Kenyan Diaspora

You can read more about these concerns and more detailed information on county performance by downloading their official statement  IEBC Update on 2nd Week of Mass Voter Registration Phase II (86 downloads)

George Gĩthĩnji is a political and social commentator. Twitter @EpikKenyan
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