VOTER REGISTRATION

(PHOTOS) Low voter registration recorded ahead of deadline

Lack of motivation and lack of IDs have been cited as possible causes of low turnout.

In Summary

• As at the end of Sunday, the commission had netted 1.14 million new voters.

• This is against a target of about six million.

Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI
Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI

Low turnout during voter registration has continued to be recorded, even as the deadline draws to a close on Tuesday.

At a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday, few people turned out to register.

Few numbers have been recorded in the past three days at the archives centre, despite thousands passing the area.

Youths gather outside the CBD Huduma Centre at the City Square branch on November 1, 2021 to apply for voters’ card on the last day of registration. PHOTO/FREDRICK OMONDI
Youths gather outside the CBD Huduma Centre at the City Square branch on November 1, 2021 to apply for voters’ card on the last day of registration. PHOTO/FREDRICK OMONDI

This has been attributed to many Kenyans preferring to transfer or register to vote in their remote areas, a service that's not provided at centre.

As at the end of Sunday, the commission had netted 1.14 million new voters, out of a total target of about six million.

Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI
Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI

IEBC acting CEO Marjan Hussein on Sunday disclosed to the Star that the commission has not witnessed a surge in the numbers even in the final days of the four-week mass voter registration drive that ends on Tuesday.

Youths gather outside the CBD Huduma Centre at the City Square branch on November 1, 2021 to apply for voters’ card on the last day of registration. PHOTO/FREDRICK OMONDI
Youths gather outside the CBD Huduma Centre at the City Square branch on November 1, 2021 to apply for voters’ card on the last day of registration. PHOTO/FREDRICK OMONDI

Apathy, lack of motivation and lack of IDs have been cited as the possible causes of the low turnout.

Youths gather outside the CBD Huduma Centre at the City Square branch on November 1, 2021 to apply for voters’ card on the last day of registration. PHOTO/FREDRICK OMONDI
Youths gather outside the CBD Huduma Centre at the City Square branch on November 1, 2021 to apply for voters’ card on the last day of registration. PHOTO/FREDRICK OMONDI
Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI
Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI
Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI
Low voter registration turnout at a centre near Kenya National Archives on Monday 1, November. The exercise is coming to an end on Tuesday./WILFRED NYANGARESI