Kenyans shun voter registration exercise ahead of 2022 polls



Only 760 000 Kenyans have registered as new voters against the set target of 4.5 million by this week.

According to the independent electoral and boundaries commission chairman Wafula Chebukati the agency is concerned about the low voter registration trend as the mass listing drive which started on Monday October 4, is planned to end on Tuesday November 2.

"A report will be going out soon for all the counties but we have only done 760 000 plus out of an expected 4.5 million. It is a very low turnout. I know Kenyans will wait until the last minute to come out."

He revealed this in Nairobi during a meeting of senior officials from the judiciary, ministry of interior, IEBC, and the national cohesion and integration commission which was aimed at discussing the preparations so far ahead of the country s general elections.

Mr Chebukati appealed to Kenyans to take the exercise serious. "My appeal to Kenyans is to come out in large numbers because this is the only chance where the commission will be coming near you."

Despite the low turnout, the IBEC boss assured Kenyans that the next general elections will be free fair and credible as they are working in place with other agencies to ensure all is set for the 2022 polls.

Records available at IEBC show that Kenya had over 19 million voters in 2017. According to official figures, the country has a population of over 53.7 million, with the majority being the youth.

Voter registration apathy is a growing concern with key politicians eyeing political seats campaigning across the country and urging the masses particularly the youth to register and take part in the polls.