IEBC announces 2017 election date

President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving his certificate from IEBC chairman Issack Hassan at the Bomas of Kenya on March 9, 2013 when he was announced winner of the presidential elections. Kenya could host one of the most expensive elections on the continent yet, according to a plan launched by IEBC. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan announced the date at the commission’s offices at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi where a schedule for the mass registration of voters was also revealed.
  • A Motion sponsored by Ugenya MP David Ochieng to realise the change was defeated in the House in October but there is a possibility it could be revived after six months.
  • The electoral body targets eight million new voters before the next polls and on Thursday said it hopes to half the target in the February/March registration.

At least 22 million voters are expected to cast their ballots on August 8, 2017 to elect new leaders after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission set the date for the next elections.

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