Kenya’s Electoral Commission is expected to hold the second mass election of voters in four months this month and hopes to add around three million new voters to its list before this year’s general election on August 9th.
The The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) issued a New Year’s Eve statement encouraging eligible citizens to show up at their registration centers across the country during the final mass registration.
The IEBC was thrilled to announce that the proposed voter registration activities, including the last between October 4 and November 5, 2021, are only expanded activities in the light of the constitutional requirement of a rolling list. Supreme Court justices cited the Electoral Commission’s failure to continuously register voters in May 2021 as a rationale for their decision to block a government-sponsored proposed constitutional referendum.
The last scheduled voter registration on the ground is simultaneous with. take place those of the entitled Kenyans in the diaspora. The majority of the new voters being targeted are young people who turned 18 in the four years following the last election.
But the widespread apathy experienced with the last mass voter registration Observed three months ago has raised concerns that the IEBC may miss its target of 23 million voters in the 2022 elections, up from around 19 million in 2017.
Only 1,519,294 new voters were recorded at the end of the last voter registration in November 15, even after the IEBC cut its target from 6.5 million to 4.5 million. The electoral commission linked the small number of people showing up at their registration centers, in part, to the large number of young people who have yet to be issued with ID cards, which, like a valid Kenyan passport, are an important prerequisite for participation be registered as voters. But media reports suggest that disillusionment with poor governance, especially among unemployed youth, and the idea that elections are opaque is fueling apathy as well.
Vice-President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who attended the Top candidates in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta have been trying for the past few weeks to motivate their supporters to register as voters during the final registration window, which opens on January 17th.
The alleged conspiracy, Dr. Blocking Ruto’s rise to power was widespread due to his argument with President Kenyatta.
The Vice President was seen feeding the tale with public rhetoric about the existence of a deep state intrigue against his State House ambitions. But he recently changed his mind after apparently realizing that the victim mentality could transfer apathy to his supporter base and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Mr Odinga, who himself has accused of manipulation in the last three elections , enters this year’s election as an unlikely establishment candidate as he has secured the support of senior government officials and President Kenyatta’s campaign financiers.
He compares his fifth bid for the presidency to a war and urges his supporters , Arm yourself with the voter card, this time to give him a chance to win.