Tuesday, March 30, 2010

1 700 000 REGISTERED

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) on Tuesday said it had registered about 1.7 million people in the first week of the ongoing voter registration.

According to a statement from the IIEC, the South Rift region had recorded the highest number of voters with 416,010 followed by Nyanza Central region which got about 269,568 new voters.

Central Thika region came in third with 143,508.

Garissa, Ijara, Upper Eastern, Wajir, Mandera and North Coast have the lowest registration which each have less than 20,000 people registered.

In Nairobi, only 32,907 people have so far registered. The tabulated figures are as shown below:

REGION Total Week 1

Wajir/Mandera 17,810

Garissa and Ijara 10,172

Upper Eastern 13,524

Lower Eastern 135,726

Central Eastern 54,264

South Rift Region 416,010

Central Rift Region 120,284

North Rift 126,600

Central Region Thika 143,508

Nyeri Region 36,725

Nyanza Central Region 269,568

Nyanza South Region 53,775

Kakamega 130,505

Bungoma 118,267

South West Coast 79,625

North Coast (Malindi) 17,419

Nairobi Region 32,907

TOTAL 1,776,689

The commission estimates that the country has 18 million eligible voters but say it can only register 10 million by the end of 45 day registration period.

It is targeting at registering 1.5 million people electronically in 18 constituencies.

The IIEC has been appealing to eligible Kenyans to register themselves on time to avoid a last minute rush as well as to enable them to participate in the referendum and national elections.

Despite weather challenges in some areas of the country, IIEC has promised to ensure the exercise proceeds smoothly to reach as many people as possible.

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