Nyanza in early lead as voter listing ends

IEBC has ruled out an extension of the campaign, which had netted slightly more than 1.1 million voters against a target of four million.

Tuesday March 15 2016

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba speaks during a past media briefing. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba speaks during a past media briefing. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ISAAC ONGIRI
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Three constituencies in the Nyanza region were leading in the number of newly registered voters.

Of the 290 constituencies, Alego Usonga, Bondo and Kisumu Central had recorded the highest turnout in the first two weeks of the registration drive, which started on February 15.
Alego Usonga had registered 8,824 voters while Bondo had 8,511 and Kisumu Central 7,342.

In the first 14 days of the campaign, a total of 229,610 voters showed up at various centres to transfer from their previous polling centres to new ones.

Other constituencies that had registered high numbers were Ndhiwa (7,049), Kisumu West (7,342), Mathare (6,526), Gem (6,403), Kisumu East (6,255), Naivasha (6,090), Rarieda (6,067) and Kanduyi with 6,048.

Among Rift Valley constituencies, Naivasha had the highest number of new voters (6,090). It was followed by Njoro (4,485) and Saboti (3,912).

In Nakuru County, only Naivasha Constituency had over 5,000 new voters by March 6. It was followed by Njoro. Other constituencies in the Rift were Saboti (3,912), Laikipia West (3,775) and Turbo (3,328).

Kilgoris Constituency was leading in Narok County with 3,362 new voters.

On Monday, IEBC ruled out an extension of the campaign, which had netted slightly more than 1.1 million voters against a target of four million.

The commission’s CEO, Mr Ezra Chiloba, urged Kenyans who are yet to be listed to visit registration stations today to enrol before the drive closes.

“We are not going to extend because we do not have resources to continue at the moment. We, however, urge those who would have missed out that the continuous registration at various constituency offices will still be on,” said Mr Chiloba.

Malindi Constituency in the Coast and Kericho County in Rift Valley did not register any new voters because of the by-elections held there last week. Campaigns for the by-elections coincided with the registration drive.

In the central Kenya region, Kinangop was leading in the first two weeks with 5,593 new voters. It was followed by Mwea with 5,557, Thika Town with 5,439, Githunguri with 4,867 while Kieni completed the top five with 4,707.

In Kiambu County, only Thika Town managed to register more than 5,000 new voters.

President Kenyatta’s Gatundu South Constituency appeared unexcited with only 2,141 new voters turning up to register.

In Murang’a County, no constituency had registered more than 4,000. Kiharu was leading with 3,798, followed by Kagumo with 3,563, while Mwea had the highest turnout in Kirinyaga County.

In western Kenya, Kanduyi Constituency had the highest registration — 6,048 new voters — followed by Tongaren (5,068), Lugari (4,628), Bumula (4,565) and Likuyani with 4,324.

Kitui South recorded the highest numbers in the Eastern region with 6,545 new voters in the first two weeks. It was followed by Mwingi Central with 5,094, Mwingi North with 4,954, Mavoko with 4,888 and Kitui Central with 4,800.

HIGHEST TURNOUT

In North Eastern, Garissa Township — represented in Parliament by Mr Aden Duale — had the highest turnout with 2,171 new voters.

Mathare Constituency topped in Nairobi County with 6,526. It was followed by Embakasi South (5,301), Westlands (5,215), Embakasi East (5,011) and Embakasi Central (4,956).

Dagorreti South MP Dennis Waweru blamed the poor show by Kenyans on challenges associated with issuances of identity cards.

“There is still a big problem with the issuance of ID cards. It appears many still do not have these cards due to slow processing of replacements and new cards,” he said.

Suna East MP Junet Mohammed blamed the electoral commission for not conducting proper civic education. “It is unfortunate that the commission failed in its duty to inform the people accordingly,” he said.

“We have a very lazy commission that must be removed before the 2017 elections.”

At the Coast, Kisauni registered the highest number of new voters among constituencies in the Coast, according to information collected by the electoral commission in the first two weeks of the registration drive that ends today.

Kilifi and Taita-Taveta have the lowest and only performed better than Vihiga, which had the lowest turnout nationally.

Kisauni had 7,122 new voters, according to the document prepared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and dated March 6.

Among the Coast counties, Tana River had the highest turn-out, followed by Mombasa. However, none was among the top 10 counties.

On Monday, Mr Chiloba said his commission’s efforts to achieve its target was still on course.

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