Voters registration: Low turnout on day one

Low turnout marked the first day of the voter registration exercise that targets six million new voters in Kenya.

The 30-day drive was launched by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Few Kenyans turned up to be registered as voters across the country as some stations recording less than five people.

A section of leaders is also calling for the electoral commission to increase the number of registration clerks so that all voters can be enlisted.

Research conducted by the Standard Gazette discovered that some stations have three clerks while others have two.

“Every Kenyan has the constitutional right to vote. If the commission is short on funding, it should raise the issue with Parliament so that additional funds can be given,” MP Beatrice Adagala said.

Only those with the national identity card are eligible to register as voters.

The exercise is also targeting those living in the diaspora.

It mainly targeted South Sudan, the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates as the newly listed countries after meeting the minimum requirement of 3,000 voters.

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