VOTER REGISTRATION

U-turn: Kenyans wishing to change polling stations to travel home - IEBC

Voters wishing to change their details will have to visit IEBC Constituency Office.

In Summary

•On Tuesday, Chebukati told the MPs the listing can be done at any of the 52 Huduma Centres across the country, hence reducing the burden of unnecessary travel.

•"Voter transfers, however, would have to be approved at the constituency level," he said.

 

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Three days after IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said there is no need for Kenyans to travel upcountry over voter registration details, he has made a U-turn.

In a Twitter post, Chebukati said voters who want to change their polling details have to visit IEBC Constituency Office.

"Clarification: Voters wanting to change their polling details are advised to visit the IEBC constituency Office they wish to change to. IEBC iko Mtaani. Jiandikishe Sasa!" Chebukati said on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Chebukati told the MPs the listing can be done at any of the 52 Huduma Centres across the country, hence reducing the burden of unnecessary travel.

"Voter transfers, however, would have to be approved at the constituency level," he said.

The commissioner said the move was to ensure returning officer has confirmed the voter moving to a new area and has stayed in the constituency for six months.

IEBC has continued with mass registration of new voters across the country which lasts for a month.

As by October 13, at least 243,220 new voters had been listed.

The commission said the turnout is low, attributing it to insecurity in some parts of the country such as Lamu, Baringo and Laikipia counties as well as along the Kenya-Somalia border.