Minimal hitches reported in ongoing verification of voters’ register – IEBC

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati. [Photo/Courtesy]

The biometric verification of voters’ register which commenced Thursday, May 11, 2017, is proceeding with minimal hitches. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said.

The agency said 11,000 KIEMS kits had been distributed and were in use across the Country. 10,850 kits are across different wards, 138 kits in prisons and 12 kits for the diaspora.

”For the wards we have deployed between three (3) to 10 kits dependent on geographical size and the population of registered voters,” said IEBC.

In a statement, chairman Wafula Chebukati indicated the adopted KIEMS kits distribution formula was similar to the one applied in the distribution of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits during the second Mass Voter Registration [MVRII] exercise.

”The use of biometrics for verification and authentication is a legal requirement and represents the best approach in strengthening the integrity of voter identification in the electoral process.”

The verification exercise ends on June 9, 2017.

”We reiterate the need for all voters to check their details at designated voter verification centers,” Chebukati said, Thursday.

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