Why should a Kenyan citizen register as a voter?

President Mwai Kibaki recently  launched the Biometric voter registration, a  process that is expected to take place for the next 30 days.The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) aims to register 18 million voters by the end of the exercise. The process will enable the creation of a new voter register that will be used during the March 4 2013 elections.

It is important for citizens to register as a voter because

  •  Registering as a voter enables one to participate in elections.
  • A registered voter can chose a leader of his/ her choice.
  • A registered voter can seek to be elected in any post he/she qualifies for.

    President Mwai Kibaki getting himself registered as a voter
  • A registered voter can safeguard his/her constitutional rights and freedoms.
  • A registered voter will have a chance to change leaders either by electing new leaders
    or renewing the mandate of those already in leadership positions.

A person is only eligible to vote if he/she is registered as a voter and his/her name is in the voters’ register at a particular polling station. The person must have his/her original ID or passport in hand. Such a person must appear in person at the polling station on a polling day.


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