Registration of Kenyan voters in Canada, UAE kicks off
By Wangari Kariuki
The voter registration exercise
for Kenyans residing in Canada and United Arab Emirates (UAE) has kicked off.
Independent Electoral and
Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebulati (pictured) in a statement on Monday
said they had commenced Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) in United
Arab Emirates and Canada.
In UAE, he said, the exercise
is taking place at the Kenya Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Kenya Consulate in Dubai.
While in Canada the exercise
will kick off on 1st February 2022 at the Kenya High
Commission in Ottawa, Kenya Honorary Consulate in Toronto and Kenya
Honorary Consulate in Vancouver.
Chebukati said the exercise was
made possible, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) and Canada.
“The Commission will extend
registration in Canada and UAE by the number of days lost to ensure Kenyans
residing in the two countries are accorded 15 days to register as voters,” he
During the last 14 days the
IEBC managed to register 548,188 new voters out of a target of 2,987,138.
The Enhanced Continuous Voter
Registration on Monday entered the last week in all the 1,450 County Assembly
Wards (CAWs), institutions of higher learning, Huduma Centres countrywide
and Diaspora countries, namely United States of America (USA), United
Kingdom (UK), Qatar, Germany, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda,
Burundi and South Sudan.
In Kenya, the exercise will end
on 6th February 2022, while in the Diaspora it will close on the
15th day of the commencement date of the respective country.