IEBC Issues Deadline for Voter Verification

  • IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the Constitutional Commissions & Independent Offices (CCIOs) on April 13, 2022.
    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the Constitutional Commissions & Independent Offices (CCIOs) on April 13, 2022.
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  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set June 2 as the deadline for voter verification ahead of the August 9 polls.

    In a statement released by the electoral body on Friday, April 29, the electoral body stated that the exercise will begin on May 4 and last for a period of one month.

    The Commission urged Kenyans to verify their details so as to ensure that no one is locked out of the August General Election exercise.

    An image of Kenyans in a queue to cast their vote in a past election.
    An image of Kenyans in a queue to cast their vote in a past election.
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    Further, the team led by chairperson, Wafula Chebukati gave directions on how the exercise will be conducted.

    "Visit your registration centre or IEBC office in your Constituency with your original ID or valid passport that you used to register as a voter," read the statement in part.

    Kenyans were also urged to ensure that their details were correct before the June 2 deadline to avoid the last-minute rush

    However, Kenyans on social media urged the commission to come up with a digital verification system to enable them to verify their details in the comfort of their homes and workplaces.

    "I'm registered in Nairobi but currently in a different town. So I have to travel to Nairobi to verify my details? Give us a digital verification platform," Benedict Abur, a social media user expressed.

    The announcement by the Chebukati-led team barely comes a month after the commission announced that they had contracted a local company to audit the 2017 voter register amidst concerns over the timelines.

    However, IEBC Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Hussein Marjan assured that the electoral body had ample time to audit and correct any anomalies in the voter register.

    “We have a few days left to the August 9 elections and the commission is committed to giving this country a free, fair, and credible election. All our processes are up to date in terms of the elections timeline.

    "The law requires us to give that window period before signing the contract then after that we can commence on the audit of the voter register and we are currently in the process of consolidating the register,” Marjan stated then.

    IEBC officials carry out a voter registration exercise in Kwale County in January 2021
    IEBC officials carry out a voter registration exercise in Kwale County in January 2021
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