Voter registration set for next week

Thursday March 18 2010

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan  speaks during a past press conference. PHOTO/ FILE

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan speaks during a past press conference. PHOTO/ FILE  

By EMMANUEL ONYANGO

Countrywide voter registration is set to start next Monday as the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) creates a new voters register in readiness for the referendum on the new constitution.

The voters register was subject of immense criticism during the 2007 general elections, with claims of manipulation and existence of shadow voters being levelled against the now disbanded Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK).

In media statement, the IIEC announced that manual countrywide registration (OMR) exercise will take off from Monday, 22nd March, 2010 to Wednesday, 5th May, 2010.

Electronic voter registration (EVR) exercise will also start on Monday, 12th April, 2010 to Friday, 21st May, 2010 in 18 Constituencies.

The official launch of the nationwide new voter registration is scheduled for the 22nd March 2010 in a ceremony that will take place at KICC.

The forthcoming referendum on the new constitution will be the biggest credibility test thus far for the nascent IIEC formed to restore confidence in the country's voting process following the bungled 2007 Presidential vote.