× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

Low voter listing was due to poor timing

By Samson Nyasimi | March 17th 2016

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had targeted to register two millions voters in one month, but has failed to hit the target. The most rational reason for the failure is poor timing.

The majority of the target group are those who acquired ID cards after the 2013 General Election.

These Kenyans are currently in colleges and universities, far  away from their residential homes where they are likely to vote from should elections be held in December or August.

Failure to consider having voter registration during school holidays was the first mistake.

Although mobilising voter registration is solely IEBC’s mandate, it did little on this and we observed politicians taking over this duty.

Why should I register as a voter if the same politicians who have dried our economy are the ones asking me to do so?

IEBC should engage all stakeholders on the way forward for the next elections. It should hit the metal while it is hot by clarifying all issues raised by observers in the just-concluded by-elections in Kericho and Malindi.

Share this story
Why cheating in exams may not end any time soon
The introduction of the Module II programme – also referred to as parallel degree courses – in the late 1990s to provide access to university education and make use of education funds, which usually ended up in foreign universities, is what commercialised education and fuelled cheating in exams.
Restoring Nairobi’s iconic libraries
Book Bunk is turning public libraries into what they call ‘Palaces for The People' while introducing technology in every aspect.