With just two months to voting, data compiled from the diaspora registration is being subjected to biometric verification. The Kenyan High Commission has launched a voter verification exercise of all registered Kenyans living in Uganda ahead of the country’s general elections slated for August this year.
“We have opened the voters’ register for verification of biometric data by members of the public at their respective polling stations for a period of thirty days,” Kenya’s Commissioner in charge of voter education Margaret Wanjala said.
The exercise was launched at a stakeholder information sharing forum on verification of the voters register at the Kenyan High Commission in Kampala on Wednesday
Wanjala said with just two months to voting, data compiled from the diaspora registration is being subjected to biometric verification by the public as per the Election Act.
The developments follow the promulgation of the Kenyan Constitution 2010, where citizens residing outside Kenya were granted progressive rights to register as voters and vote in elections in their respective countries of residence.
With such background, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in 2013 embarked on the registration of Kenyans in five countries of East Africa namely Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa.According to Wanjala, the exercise saw the registration of at least 3000 Kenyans with their missions and those who are eligible to vote…