IEBC ends voter registration exercise despite court order


IEBC ends voter registration exercise despite court order

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati addressing the media on election preparedness.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has ended the voter registration exercise today (November 2) despite a court order extending it by a week.

On Monday, November 1, 2021, a High Court in Eldoret ordered IEBC to extend the mass voter registration that was scheduled to end on Tuesday, November 2 to November 9.

This is after a voter Patrick Cherono filed an application arguing that IEBC had not met its target of six new million voters.

IEBC officials during the launch of the registration drive.
Responding to the order, IEBC officials stated that they could not extend the exercise since there was no budget.

IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera said that their lawyers had already gone to court since the mass voter registration exercise couldn’t be extended.

“The youths that are registering need to be paid, they are not volunteering,” Cherera said.

The country has witnessed low voter registration turnout since the exercise began a month ago.

Despite the mass voter registration exercise going on for a month, the electoral body has only managed to approximately register 1 Million voters out of a target of 6.5 million.

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