With the much awaited March 4th general elections date drawing ever closer, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is very much aware that time is indeed not on its side if the electoral program is anything to go by.
Out of the estimated 22 million eligible voters, the commission aims to register at least 18 million Kenyans come 18th of December. For this reason, an online tool which seeks to enable all eligible voters gain access to their nearby registration centres has been launched and can be accessed via Google maps. According to the IEBC through a press statement released on Wednesday, “the launch of the online tool is an effort aimed at enabling all Kenyans to participate in the all important exercise and avoid being locked out from participating in the next general elections.” The commission hopes that the online tool would enhance the process before the expiry of the thirty-day period which was set aside for the nationwide registration of the voters.
The online tool is further embedded with the IEBC website as one way of increasing more awareness and making its presence felt to the citizens. Other stakeholders participating in the registration program have also linked the online tool to their websites. In addition, there’re other additional features to the tool such as the countdown timer towards the commencement of the general elections.
In a statement issued to members of the press, IEBC stated that, “This tool is meant to ease the identification of all registration centres across the nation and enable more Kenyans to register for the Commission to attain its 18 million target by the end of the voter registration exercise.” However, the move is in line with IEBC’s policy of making use of technological innovations and other IT measures to boost efficiency of the entire process and provide timely and relevant valid information.
This comes just two days after IEBC made a public announcement confirming that out of the estimated 22 million, close to 6 million people had so far been registered, two weeks into the set duration. This according to the members of the commission represented about 33 percent of the overall eligible voters.
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