Kenya finalizes biometric voter registration date before August elections

In less than a week, the second and final phase of Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) will begin in Kenya amid calls from politicians to make the biometric identity registration process comprehensive enough to allow people from nomadic communities to add their names to the polls role, reports KBC.

The report quotes Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati as saying the ECVR exercise will begin on January 17 and end on February 6, ahead of general elections scheduled for August 9, 2022.

For Kenyans outside the country, the activity will run from January 21 to February 6, and registrants’ biometric and demographic information will be collected at the country’s embassies, high commissions and consulates.

According to Chebukati, the IECB has received additional funding for voter registration aimed at reaching the 4.5 million target for the final phase. In the first phase, the IEBC registered nearly 1.5 million new voters, far fewer than the six million expected.

Chebukati said at a recent press conference that the IEBC has taken all measures to ensure the activity is a success. The official also reiterated the electoral body’s commitment to ensuring that the upcoming general elections are held in a free, fair, credible, acceptable and transparent manner, KBC notes.

The IEBC chief also told Kenyans that the second phase of registration is an opportunity for anyone who missed the first to either put their name on the electoral roll for the first time, or to relocate polling stations or update other information.

Faulty biometric machines are delaying Uganda by-elections

By-elections in Uganda’s Kayunga district, held on December 16, were delayed by several hours due to the use of non-functional biometric devices in the voting stadiums.

URN reports that many voters had to wait for hours.

While delays in some cases were also caused by late delivery of voting materials, the report adds that at some other polling stations, the biometric machines were taking a long time to start.

The elections were to elect a new City Council President.

Nigeria ABIS clears 14,000 duplicate registrations in the capital

More than 14,000 duplicate registrations have been wiped from the electoral roll in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ahead of next month’s Area Council elections thanks to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) automated biometric voter registration system. The elections are scheduled for February 12.

According to This Day, 14,665 entries have been deleted out of the total of 42,986 voters registered in the FCT during the uninterrupted voter registration process that was recently suspended.

The report quotes INEC National Commissioner and Chairman for Information and Voter Education Commission Festus Okoye, who said in a news conference that the process of distributing 39,208 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVRs) to the remaining eligible voters had begun. This number includes the more than 28,000 remaining voter rolls, as well as transferred registrations from other territories and replacements for lost, stolen and damaged cards. The exercise runs until February 4th.

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