By Kenya Confidential Political Editor, Nairobi June 28, 2017
Raila followers enjoyed cheap rents, and in Kibera case free housing, when they forcibly invaded private properties after 2008 Mass Action bloodbath before they were equally forcibly evicted by Mungiki in sprawling Dandora, Umoja, Kariobangi and other city estates
The independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) yesterday released a statement that highlights the final list of registered voters in Kenya ahead of the August 2017 general elections.
There are a total of 19,611,423 registered voters. Find full IEBC statement delivered by Wafula Chebukati below.
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE CERTIFICATION OF THE REGISTER OF VOTERS
We wish to notify the nation that the Commission has finalized the compilation and certification of the Register of Voters for purposes of the 2017 General Election.
The law states that every adult citizen shall exercise the right to vote specified in Article 38(3) of the Constitution if the citizen is registered in the Register of Voters. Section 2 of the Elections Act 2011 (as amended) defines the “Register of Voters” as a current register of persons entitled to vote at an election prepared in accordance with section 3 and includes a register that is compiled electronically.
Section 4 of the Elections Act states that there shall be a register to be known as the Register of Voters which shall comprise of;
- a poll register in respect of every polling station;
- a ward register in respect of every ward;
- a constituency register in respect of every constituency;
- a county register in respect of every county; and
- a register of voters residing outside Kenya.
The certified Register of Voters for the 2017 General Election has a total of 19,611,423 voters. This number includes 4,393 Diaspora in 5 countries and 5,528 registered in 118 Prisons across the country. Comparatively, the register of voters has increased by 36% (5,222,642 voters) since 2013.
The current Register of Voters consists of voters registered during 2012 (2013 Register of Voters), Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), and Mass Voter Registration (MVR) phase I and II, the Diaspora and persons deprived of liberty (Prisoners).
IEBC chairman pointed out that the voter register will always have some dead voters because human beings die every day. Some voters are dying as you read this.
During the preparation of the register, the Commission took into consideration findings of the biometric verification exercise that took place between May 9 – June 9, 2017 and the KPMG Audit. In particular, the Commission expunged a total of 88,602 deceased persons from the register. The Commission was provided a total of 92,277 records of deceased persons. However, this number was later revised to 88,602 by KPMG after notification that the difference could be that of reportees.
We are aware that the register of voters cannot be completely rid of deceased persons. However, we are confident that the KIEMS technology provides foolproof authentication on Election Day and there will be no room for mischief.
In terms of gender representation, the Commission notes that 53% of those registered are male compared to 47% female. This is a reduction of up to 2% of women representation in the register of voters. On age representation, 51% (9,930,315) of the registered voters represents persons aged 18 – 35 years.
There are 40,883 polling stations that are capped to serve not more than 700 voters each.
The Register of Voters shall be made available online and via SMS for purposes of inspection starting Thursday 29th June 2017 until the Election Day. Meanwhile, the detailed statistics have been availed for review and analysis by other stakeholders.
Breakdown of IEBC final registered voters per county, 2017
- Mombasa: 580,223
- Kwale: 281,041
- Kilifi: 508,068 voters
- Tana River: 118,327 voters
- Lamu:69,776 voters
- Taita Taveta: 155,716 voters
- Garissa: 163,350 voters
- Wajir: 162,902 voters
- Mandera: 175,642 voters
- Marsabit: 141,708 voters
- Isiolo: 75,338 voters
- Meru: 702,480 voters
- Tharaka Nithi: 213,154 voters
- Embu: 309,468 voters
- Kitui: 474,512 voters
- Machakos: 620,254 voters
- Makueni: 423,310 voters
- Nyandarua: 335,634 voters
- Nyeri: 456,949 voters
- Kirinyaga: 349,836 voters
- Muranga: 587,126 voters
- Kiambu: 1,180,920 voters
- Turkana: 191,435 voters
- West Pokot: 180,232 voters
- Samburu: 82,787 voters
- Trans Nzoia: 339,622 voters
- Uasin Gishu: 450,055 voters
- Elgeyo Marakwet: 180,664 voters
- Nandi: 346,007 voters
- Baringo: 232,258 voters
- Laikipia: 246,487 voters
- Nakuru: 949,618 voters
- Narok: 341,730 voters
- Kajiado: 411,193 voters
- Kericho; 375,668 voters
- Bomet: 322,012 voters
- Kakamega: 743,736 voters
- Vihiga: 272,409 voters
- Bungoma: 559,850 voters
- Busia: 351,048 voters
- Siaya; 457,953 voters
- Kisumu: 539,210 voters
- Homa Bay: 476,875 voters
- Migori: 388,633 voters
- Kisii: 546,580 voters
- Nyamira: 278,853 voters
- Nairobi: 2,250,853 voters
Diaspora: 4,393 voters
Prisons: 5,528 voters
The challenge is out there for Kenyan voters to choose between extension of a government that is transforming the Kenyan nation or one led on promisory notes. Kenyans may remember the notorious Anglo Leasing projects for which a government Raila Odinga served as minister and Prime minister committed billions of shillings in promissory notes for fake projects.
A key signatory to the projects was ODM Busia Senator Amos Wako then Attorney General and now a major NASA campaign financier. Raila never raised a finger and warmly embraced Wako into politics.
Kenyans will also have a choice to vote for Raila, who on being appointed Roads minister by Daniel arap Moi, promised to make Outer Ring Road in Nairobi a dual carriage but never built even an inch. Jubilee government is now transforming it into a dual carriage highway to ease Eastlands traffic flow.
Raila has also promised Kenyans cheap residential rents after building no houses when he was minister for housing and public works in Moi government. His own Molasses Factory workers do not enjoy cheap rents in Kisumu nor has the factory been expanded to create more jobs. The English say charity begins at home.
Raila followers enjoyed cheap rents, and in Kibera case free housing, when they forcibly invaded private properties after 2008 Mass Action bloodbath before they were equally forcibly evicted by Mungiki in sprawling Dandora, Umoja, Kariobangi and other city estates. That is the only way rents can suddenly drop in a NASA government.
A responsible family head cushions members of his family by building a foundation on which they can enjoy necessary facilities before, during and after marriage. Kenya potential transformation will grow through expanded electricity production from hydro, thermal, sun and wind generation currently at unprecedented pace. National transformation will ride on physical infrastructural development on the ground and airwaves currently at top speed.
Foot note: The choice is yours.
- Official website: https://www.iebc.or.ke
- IEBC office Location in Nairobi, Kenya: University Way, Anniversary Towers, 6th Floor,
- IEBC telephone contacts: (254) 020 – 2877000, (254) 020 – 2769000
- IEBC email address contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org
- IEBC Chairperson: Wafula Chebukati