Only about 30 per cent of the 4 million the electoral commission had targeted in its “mass voter registration” that ends on March 15, have signed up, for next year’s General Election.
The IEBC, which committed a good number of additional personnel and resources by opening centres around the country, will be disappointed, and rightly so. When they have a chance to do something, many Kenyans will drag their feet, only to rush at the last minute, and those who fail to meet the deadline will be mouthing conspiracy theories and blaming others.
Despite the assurance by the electoral body’s CEO Ezra Chiloba that the campaign will be extended, there is a need to have continuous registration of voters.
People who attain the voting age and others who might have failed to sign up in the past for some reason should be able to enlist anytime and not have to wait for a special campaign.
A free and fair election begins with the registration of voters.