Archive for February 17th, 2013

Feb17

ELECTION PREPARATION

Voter Registration
President Mwai Kibaki officially launched the voter registration exercise which commenced on 19th November 2012 and ended on 18th December 2012. The registration drive was conducted for 30 days. IEBC hired and trained over 30,000 clerks to man 25,000 registration centers countrywide, using 15,000 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. The IEBC report indicated that a total of 14, 337, 399 Kenyans registered as voters, representing 79.7% of the 18 million Kenyans that had been targeted to be register. There was Voter apathy that saw very few people register.
The voters’ register was later opened for public inspection on 12th January 2013 and lasted till 27th January 2013. To confirm voting registration details, one needed to either send their national identity card or passport number to the short text message code 15872, or visit one’s registration centre.
Total Registered Votes per Province/Region.

1) Rift Valley- 2,990,873
2)Central – 1,976,063
3)Nyanza – 1,878,819
4)Eastern – 1,583,419
5)Nairobi – 1,548,217
6)Western – 1,283,353
7)Coast – 994,070
8)N.Eastern- 319,550

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Feb17

CRECO ICT ELECTION OBSERVATION

The 2013 General Elections will be a pivotal moment in Kenya’s history. It will be the first election under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 which brings a raft of changes and reforms. It will also be the first general election since the tragically flawed Elections of 2007.

CRECO plans to carry out Election monitoring and observation using ICT on a larger scale compared to 2010 and to continue to build the capacity of Civil Society to do the same. The 2013 general elections will be unique as the voters will be required to vote for  6 elective posts from the customary three. There is the possibility of confusion, long queues and impatience among voters because of the changes.

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