The number of eligible voters in Kenya’s electoral roll for the August 8,2017 General Elections polls has hit 19,611,423 voters according to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“Comparatively, the register of voters has increased by 36 percent (5,222,642 voters)since 2013,” said Wafula Chebukati, IEBC Chair in statement issued on Tuesday.
In terms of gender representation, the Commission notes that 53 percent of those registered are male compared to 47 percent female. This is a reduction of up to 2 percent of women representation in the register of voters. On age representation, 51 percent (9,930,315) of the registered voters represents persons aged 18 – 35 years.
“A total of 88,602 dead voters have been expunged from the register,” Chebukati said.
“We are aware that the register of voters cannot be completely rid of deceased persons. However, we are confident that the KIEMS technology provides foolproof authentication on Election Day and there will be no room for mischief,” he added.
This is after the commission received 92,277 records of deceased persons after the verification process was completed. However, the number was later revised to 88,602 by KPMG after notification that the difference could be that of reportees.
The Register of Voters shall be made available online and via SMS for purposes of inspection starting Thursday 29th June 2017 until the Election Day.