The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has registered 1,521 Kenyans living abroad for the coming general election. The exercise which ran from February 20th to March 6th targeted Kenyan in East Africa and South Africa.
Among the six counties South Africa had the highest registered voters at 665. Tanzania came second with 361; Uganda 247; Rwanda 201 and Burundi had 47 voters. The registered voters will only participate in electing the president.
Kenyan High Commission and consulates in the respective countries acted aas the registration centres and will also provide voting venues.
The law allows for registration and voting by Kenyans in the diaspora but the commission is implementing this progressively citing logistical and time constraints.
The Chairman of IEBC Mr. Wafula Chebukati said the commission, had made utilized the Diaspora organizations networks to reach out to Kenyan communities living in the five countries.
“Several stakeholder forums were convened and the IEBC was able to sensitise and educate the voters on the registration process,” he said.
The elections are planned for later this year in August.