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Thika, Kiambu Please Register As Voters Starting Today!

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to launch a month long mass voter registration exercise today, targeting an additional 4 million voters, to run up to March 15.  The exercise presents an opportunity for more eligible Kenyans to be included in the voters’ roll, and is intended to increase the number of registered voters by intensifying the continuous voter registration process.

5,756 Biometric Voter Registration kits and a corresponding number of Voter Registration Assistants have been deployed nationwide to conduct the exercise at County Assembly Wards. Some 24,559 registration centres will be used during the exercise and list of registration centres can be accessed on the commission’s website.

The electoral body doubled the number of clerks after foreign donors stepped in to fill a financial gap. They received Ksh153 million from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK), enabling the doubling of clerks who will register voters using biometric kits.

This exercise will involve registration of new eligible voters; transfer of voters who are already registered but wish to change their polling stations; and verification of the register for already registered voters. At the end of the exercise, the commission aims to establish a comprehensive, accurate and complete principal register of voters, which contributes to enhancing the legitimacy of the electoral process.

A similar exercise will be carried out early next year although registration will continue at the constituency level up to May 2017, when the register will be closed for the General Election.

Political and community leaders in Thika and Kiambu County in general are urging all those who have not yet registered as voters to present themselves at their preferred ward registration centres starting today 9:00am. There will be people on standby to assist all those facing any challenges towards registration.

Officers from the Registrar of Persons, Thika Branch are also expected to be in these centres to assist all those who do not have ID Cards to apply so that they can get ready for the next voter registration exercise in May 2017. They are appealing for all those without these vital document to come and take advantage of this rare opportunity.

They are also calling on all those who previously applied for IDs but have not yet collected the same to do so adding that the office has a very huge bunch of unclaimed IDs.

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