Voter listing numbers worrying should worry

Voter registration

IEBC clerks register students during the launch of voter listing of college students at UoN Towers at the University of Nairobi on October 13, 2021.

Photo credit: Francis Nderitu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The potential new voters are either not excited about their civic obligations, or are too engrossed with other things to really care.
  • Already some politicians have started accusing the IEBC of not providing enough biometric voter registration kits and favouring some regions.

Numbers and finances are probably the only things that matter to politicians while running for high office and right now, few of them can be quite comfortable with the trend of voter registration throughout the country; it is way below expectations. If the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) really expected to register six million new voters in one month -- a projection that was seemingly plucked from thin air -- then the auguries cannot be very promising.


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