Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has decried low turnout in the ongoing nationwide mass voter registration exercise.
On Monday, the commission said it registered only 202,518 new voters in the last seven days out of the weekly national target of 1.5 million.
Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Wajir, West Pokot, Mandera, Nandi, Baringo, Narok, Turkana, and Tana River counties recorded the highest percentage of targets, according to IEBC.
Counties that recorded the lowest percentage of targets since the launch of the exercise a week ago include Mombasa, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Embu, Laikipia, Murang’a, Kitui, Nyandarua, Nyeri, and Kiambu.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukat attributed the low turnout to general voter apathy, insecurity in parts of Lamu, Baringo, and Laikipia counties, and along the Kenya-Somalia border.
He also blamed the culture of last-minute rush where Kenyans go for exercises when deadlines approach.
“The Commission shall continue to explore solutions to these identified challenges in collaboration with all stakeholders in the electoral process,” said Chebukati.
The commission also disclosed that a total of 5,206 requests for voter transfer were serviced in the last seven days.
IEBC launched the 30-day Enhanced Voter Registration (ECVR) exercise on October 4th targeting to register at least six million new eligible voters.
“We call upon the Media to sustain the publicity to bolster the voter registration efforts. The Commission recognizes that an exercise of this magnitude and huge national interest cannot be successful without the participation of stakeholders,” Chebukati added.