Friday, December 21, 2012

Polls team lists 14 million voters

By ISAAC ONGIRI [email protected]

Several constituencies in Nairobi, Central and parts of Nyanza provinces surpassed voter listing targets set by the polls team, even as the final report revealed that 14.3 million Kenyans have registered as voters.

Voters in areas dominated by leading presidential contenders appeared to have been in high competition to outdo each other in the registration.

But Nairobi county still recorded the highest number of registered voters at 121.6 per cent with 1.7 million voters registering against an initial target of 1.4 million. Some 113.7 per cent registered in Kiambu, Nyeri (110.4 per cent ), Lamu (109.5) and Kirinyaga (106).

However, overall the commission missed its 18 million voters target but chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan on Thursday said they would do with what they have.

“We have registered 14.3 million voters but the final report is being worked out and will be released later,” he said.

The commission is now expected to invite the public to verify the voter register, expected to take about 14 days.

Though the voter registration report appeared to have been a success story in Central Province, in Nyanza — the PM’s home turf— the highest county, Kisumu, registered 86 per cent, Nyamira (78.7 per cent), Kisii (77 per cent), Homa Bay (73 per cent) while Migori registered 67 per cent of its potential voters.

But the Cosmopolitan Nairobi, whose record exceeded expectations, is expected to be the battle front between Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta— currently perceived to be the front runners, at least going by the latest opinion polls.

The vote listing report is likely to heighten campaigns as candidates attempt to excite high turnout on the Election Day in their strongholds to boost their chances.

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