IEBC raises concern over voter registration in Middle East
03 February 2015, 19:00
Nairobi - The practice of employers retaining their employees’ passports in the Middle East will pose a great challenge in the registration of Kenyan voters in the diaspora.
According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Issack Hassan, the commission will have to use other avenues to address the issue.
"This is a challenge which we will have to address with parliament," he said when he met and held discussions with the outgoing Kenyan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the capital Abu Dhabi.
There are currently over 30,000 Kenyans in the UAE and the number is expected to hit 100,000 by the end of the year.
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Only Kenyans living in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi voted in the 2013 general elections, leaving out those living in other countries.
They however only voted for the presidential ballot.The IEBC is preparing to register all Kenyans living in the diaspora ahead of the 2017 general elections.
Hassan was in UAE together with Commissioner Kule Galma, Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u and Electoral Training Manager Dr. Sidney Namulungu to oversee and proofread the ballot papers to be used in the upcoming Homa Bay Senatorial by-election.
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