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IEBC: Voter education was successful

14 August 2013, 17:10 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has attributed high voter turnout during the March 4 election to the civic education conducted before polls.

Speaking on Wednesday during the National Civic Education conference in Nairobi, the commission’s Director of Voter Education and Partnerships, Dr. Joel Mabonga, said the voter education exercise was successful.

“Voter education was a success because 80% of registered voters came out to vote for their preferred candidates during the general elections,” Mabonga said.

He urged the government and other development partners to support such initiatives in order to sustain democracy in the country.

“We were mainly funded by international development partners to carry out this exercise; we are appealing to more local partners to offer their financial support for the better of our country,” he said.

Mabonga added that IEBC is revising the voter education materials to be used in future to cater for the changes that have taken place since the last general election and also to encompass the solutions recommended for the challenges they faced during the exercise.

He said they are working with different partners to host a number of events targeting the youth in order to reach most of them in this exercise.

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