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
IEBC Team Visits Ghana as Election Observers
A team from the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) visited Ghana as part of an Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EiSA) observer mission for the country’s general elections.
Led by IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan, the delegation was keen on drawing vital lessons from the exercise that might inform preparations and the conduct of the March 4, 2013 General Elections in Kenya. The Chairman also met and held discussions with the country’s former leader John Kufor and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo
Political Party Nominations
The political party nominations process that took place between 17th – 20th January 2013 was marred with confusion and disorganization. The process failed to kick off on the first day( on 17th January 2013, as was planned due to delay in delivery of voting materials in most parts of the country by various political parties.
Sporadic violence, street protests, destruction of property and confrontations among aspirants over party nomination tickets eclipsed the whole process. Violence rocked parts of Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay, Kakamega, Nairobi and Mombasa counties as there was confusion as to who won in some areas as rival groups both came out to demand certificates. Allegations of rigging and bribery dominated the process. Worst hit by the wrangles was ODM, URP and TNA. Political parties submitted their final lists of nominees on 21st January 2012.
The Search for Inspector General
The process of selecting Kenya’s first Inspector General gathered pace in December 2012 after 9 candidates were shortlisted for the top police job. The National Police Service Commission invited the public to submit information touching on the integrity and suitability of the candidates.
The interview process took place on 9th November 2012; the following were amongst the candidates:-
1. Grace Kaindi,
2. Swaleh Salim
3. Hassan Noor
4. Joseph Ashimala
5. David Kimaiyo
6. John Owino
7. Peter Macharia Mwangi and
8. Mary Oyugi.
During the interviews, Mr.David Kimaiyo emerged the best after scoring 86.46 per cent. Mr John Owino, came second with 78.98 points Grace Kaindi was third. Mr.Kimaiyo was later endorsed by members of parliament as the first Inspector-General of Police. On 24th December 2012, he took oath of office as the first Inspector-General of Police, and immediately disclosed a plan to transform the force into an efficient service.
It is anticipated that over 66,000 police officers will be deployed to provide security in the March 4 General Elections. Mr. Kimaiyo announced that the force is prepared to provide adequate security in all polling stations and tallying centers countrywide.