Diaspora voters hit 1 million
10 August 2015, 07:58
Nairobi - Kenyan voters in the diaspora have hit 1 million, the IEBC has announced.
The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) on Sunday announced that it is targeting one million Kenyans living abroad to register as voter in the 2017 elections.
KDA Global Chairperson Shem Ochuodho said the Alliance is in talks with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and other stakeholders on Diaspora voting and the areas of partnership and cooperation.
Ochuodho told a news conference that the Diaspora is a major national resource that has the right to participate in all affairs of the government.
He urged the government to put in more resources with the IEBC that will adequately facilitate the process of ensuring much more people in the Diaspora participate in the key vote.
“In our talks with IEBC, we have realized that they do not have enough funds to facilitate Kenyans living abroad to vote, we urge Treasury to set aside specific amount for this process as 2017 is not far away,” he told reporters.
He revealed that the association is already developing a Diaspora database on available human capital in knowledge, skills and innovations.
This comes after the Supreme Court directed the IEBC to effect progressive voter-registration for Kenyans living in the Diaspora and file annual reports for review by the National Assembly and the Senate, through the offices of the Speakers of the two Houses.
“The IEBC shall put in place an infrastructure for the comprehensive registration of Kenyan citizens in the Diaspora as voters, to the extent that the numbers of such Kenyan citizens participating in General Elections shall increase progressively over time,” the court directed.
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