(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral agency will on Jan. 16
commence a new round of mass voter registration exercise ahead
of the August general election, senior officials said on Monday.
Ezra Chiloba, the CEO of Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said the month-long
voter registration exercise targeting citizens who have attained
eighteen years will be carried out using state of the art
“We have set aside resources and
supportive technology to conduct another round of voter
registration exercise countrywide. We target to register
between 4 to 6 million voters during this exercise,” Chiloba
told reporters in Nairobi.
He revealed that the electoral agency
aims to increase the number of registers voters from 15 million
as of June last year to 22 million ahead of August polls.
“The training of personnel to carry
out voter registration has already been completed. We have
also procured digital kit to register new voters,” said
Chiloba, adding that the date for general elections will not
Kenya’s electoral agency has put in
place solid measures to ensure the new voter registration
exercise does not experience hitches.
Chiloba said inter-agency
collaboration has been enhanced to ensure eligible voters are
registered to participate in the forthcoming general election.
“Besides rolling out voter education
programs countryside, we have also partnered with security
agencies to ensure the exercise run smoothly in volatile
regions,” Chiloba remarked.
He added that verification of the new
voter register will be conducted three months before the August
The Kenyan constitution stipulates
that election of a president, law makers and county
representatives should be conducted after five years.
Leading political parties have pledged
to conduct nominations for candidates to vie for the local and
national posts in early February. Pundits contend that August
2017 general elections will be hotly contested at all levels.