The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has availed the final voters’ register that will be used in the August 8 polls after expunging dead voters from the list. The total number of voters’ in the upcoming elections now stands at 19.6 million after the Electoral Commission expunged over 80,000 records from the register.
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati while presenting the final register, said that the 80,000 included 10,000 in the diaspora, and those in prisons.
“The certified register of voters for the 2017 General Election has a total of 19,611,423 voters. This number includes 4,393 Diaspora in five countries and 5,528 registered in 118 prisons across the country. Comparatively, the register of voters has increased by 36 per cent (5,222,642 voters) since 2013,” he said.
According to Chebukati, KPMG revised the initial number of dead voters from the initial of 92,277 to 88,602 after emerging that the number could have been affected by inaccurate reports of the dead.
“The Commission expunged a total of 88,602 deceased persons from the register. The Commission was provided a total of 92,277 records of deceased persons. However, this number was later revised to 88,602 by KPMG after notification that the difference could be that of reportees,” he said.
53 percent of the 19.6 million registered are male, while 47percent are women according to Chebukati.
Nairobi County has the highest number of voter at 2,250,853, while Kiambu is second (1,180,920) followed by Nakuru (949,618).
Kakamega (743,739), Meru (702,480), Machakos (620,254), Mombasa (580,223), Bungoma (559,850), Kisii (546,580), Kisumu (539,210) and Kilifi (508,068) are some other counties with large figures of those in the register.