Low turnout at voter listing centres after extension

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) registration centres, including the regional offices in Nakuru County were deserted Wednesday after the exercise was extended for two days.

There were a handful of residents turning seeking to register or transfer their voting stations.

This was a stark contrast to Tuesday when hundreds queues to beat the February 14 deadline.

The extension was effected after the Supreme Court issued a temporary order allowing two more days for the voter registration process.

Acting Central Rift IEBC Coordinator Mr Paul Kones said they will not his the targeted numbers even with the extension.

“Our statistics were based on the number of identity cards issued. But people collect IDs and go to vote in other constituencies,” Mr Kones explained.

He further noted that voter education by political leaders and other organizations might have compelled some of the undecided eligible voters to register.

A spot check by the Nation in Gilgil Sub County revealed a low turnout Wednesday compared to Tuesday.

Mr Habil Irungu, an IEBC clerk in Kiptangwanyi said they had registered 50 people on Tuesday up from an average of 15 daily.

Only one person had turned up to register by noon Wednesday.

“I think those who will turn up might be only those who get their IDs today and tomorrow,” Mr Irungu said.

In Nyandarua, residents from as far as Kinamba, Rumuruti, Miteta and Ol Moran in Laikipia West blamed the last minute rush to the escalating cases of insecurity in the area.

“Frequent invasion of our farms and homes by illegal grazers have caused us to continue living in fear and that was the reason most of us were unable to go to the registration centres for voter enlisting,” noted Mrs Lucy Wanjiru Maina, who had visited Laikipia West IEBC office in Nyahururu town to transfer her polling station from Ndaragwa in Nyandarua to Laikipia West.

Laikipia West IEBC Registration officer Dominic Leparmarai said the number of voters wishing to register or transfer increased in the last days Monday.

“On Monday, we registered over 1,200 people as new voters while 800 others visited the office to transfer their polling stations,” he noted.

In Samburu, the number of registered voters was low, as most residents had relocated in search of water and pasture.

At least 471 people were detected to have shared identity cards and 474 cases of double registration were reported.

Samburu Central reported the highest number of registered voters with the Huduma Centre station in Maralal town recording 630 registered voters by Tuesday afternoon.

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