The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to conduct voter education for a whole week from June 14.
The week-long activity that aims at engaging members of the public on the Commission’s mandate and activities will run up to June 20th in all counties.
The Constituency Election Coordinator, Maragua Sub- County, Mr Muhia Njiraini, told KNA that the Annual Voter Education Week, brings in relevant stakeholders and offers opportunity to members of the public to interact with the electoral body.
He sought to clarify the notion that the Commission’s work is only manifested during elections and or plebiscites times.
“Members of the public should know that IEBC is always there and they ought to take initiative to verify their voter details or raise any concerns they may be having and not just wait for election period,” observed Njiraini.
During the Annual Voter Education Week, voters will be given a chance to confirm their personal details, including those captured in national identity cards.
“Members of the public will be sensitized on the forthcoming activities like the August 2022 General Elections as outlined in the Constitution and the referendum which may be imminent even though the matter is before court.” divulged the Election Coordinator
Those who have never registered as voters will also have the chance to register even though voter registration is usually a continuous process.
He noted that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Voter Week will be different from the other years as the Commission will limit the numbers of members of the public so as to observe the Ministry of Health regulations stipulated to contain spread of Covid-19.
The IEBC has a responsibility of conducting or supervising referendums or elections of any elective body or office established by the Constitution.
Njiraini further advised the members of the public who wish to change their polling stations to avail themselves during the Annual Voter Education Week.
Additionally, He noted that new voters need to know that it is their constitutional right to participate in elections or referendums and the Voter’s Week will seek to promote the principle of Public Participation in all electoral activities.
By Florence Kinyua and Hellen Nafula