Pressure to compel IEBC to extend voter registration increases

A man has petitioned the electoral agency to extend voter registration to accommodate all prospective voters.

David Gesicho argued that restricting the mass listing to only 30 days would lock out many Kenyans who had attained voting age.

He said the process is skewed to favour some regions, where the processing of national identity cards is fast-tracked at the expense of other regions.

He recommended it be extended from the current deadline, February 14, to April 9.

Mr Gesicho said this would allow all ID applicants to receive their documents and enlist and those who want to switch voting centres to do so.

“Not all people can quickly get their identity cards from the National Registration Bureau within a short time.

“President Kenyatta’s directive that the IDs be issued [quickly] doesn’t apply equally to all Kenyans,” he added.

He also said that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) excuse that it has no cash to extend the listing is merely a ploy to lock out some Kenyans.

“There has been a very deliberate scheme by the legislative and the executive arms of government to deny the IEBC sufficient funds to carry out its mandate,” he said.

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Mr Gesicho said the IEBC target of registering up to six million new voters can only be realised if registration takes at least 12 weeks.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba have maintained that the agency has inadequate funding and hence the listing cannot be extended.

The commission said last year that it would require an additional Sh1.5 billion to extend the registration by two months.

He also faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for saying money being sent by foreign donors to non-governmental organisations is a way of interfering with the elections under the guise of funding civic education.

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