UK donated to Kenya the sum of Ksh1.5bn to help facilitate the voter’s registration and ensure credible, free and fair election in Kenya.
The money UK donated to Kenya was meant for the IEBC to support its operations and ensure credible election come August 8, 2017.
Speaking to the press, the British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey yesterday said they are impressed with how the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has started the voter registration drive in most parts of the country.
He said the support to the IEBC follows a request by the Kenyan government, adding that they will also support the civic education programmes through the IEBC.
He went further to say that Britain is interested in ensuring credible, free and fair election in Kenya later this year.
“We are not playing Kenyans politics, but helping to build the capacity of the IEBC as it prepares for the election. It’s exciting to witness Kenyan democracy in action and we are pleased with the progress.”
Hailey also visited some of the voter’s registration centres in Rift Valley and Eldoret towns to assess the registration exercise and the preparedness for the forthcoming elections.
There were hundreds of voters that turned up for the exercise in those areas as the one month drive started.
Huruma MCA Peter Chomba said:
“Many people are turning up for the exercise, although we have few challenges, especially for those who wants to change their polling stations. This is because they are being told to wait.”
Chomba and Muslim Imams and Preacher’s chairman Abubakar Bini urged all Kenyans to turn up in large numbers and ensure they register as voters in order to exercise their civic duties in the country.
Hailey also visited the IEBC offices in Eldoret to see how the voter’s registration materials and personnel are being dispatched. Also, he met the Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir, Governor Jackson Mandago and Uasin Gishu county commissioner Abdi Hassan.
He later visited the MV Patel Hall, Eldoret, where the registration was going on. Hailey will later head to Kakamega and Kisumu counties for the same exercise.
Supporters of the Jubilee Party and those of NASA say they have started mobilizing residents to turn up and register. Security has also increased as the voter’s registration started to ensure that IEBC operations go smoothly.
Kenyan government, through the IEBC chairman Chebukati, appreciated the British Government for the sum UK donated to Kenya, saying that he will ensure the IEBC conducts a credible, free and fair elections by August this year.