Deputy President William Ruto has received a major boost in his bid to clinch the country’s presidency after the IEBC revealed the latest statistics.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), on Monday, revealed that areas traditionally perceived to be DP Ruto’s strongholds have recorded the highest turnout in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
The electoral commission said though it has recorded a low turnout of voter registration in the country so far, areas in the Rift Valley region are currently with the highest voter registration.
The regions that have registered a high number of voters registration include Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Turkana, Baringo, Nandi, Mandera, West Pokot, Tana River, and Wajir counties.
On the other hand, regions that are perceived to be Ruto’s competitors’ strongholds registered low voter registration turnout. Seven of the bottom counties with the lowest turnout are from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard.
Those counties include Kiambu, Nyeri, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Embu, Laikipia and Kirinyaga. These counties have recorded less than two percent of the targeted voter registration numbers.
Other regions that have recorded the lowest targets include Coastal, Nairobi, Nyanza, and Eastern.
IEBC said that they only managed to register 202,518 new voters registering out of their weekly national target of 1,500,000. The commission is targeting to register 6 million new eligible voters by the end of the 30-day exercise.
The commission has attributed the low number to insecurity in Baringo, Laikipia, and Lamu Counties as well as the Kenya-Somali border regions. Other reasons include the lack of ID cards and the last-minute rush culture among Kenyans.
IEBC attributed the low numbers to voter apathy, insecurity in Lamu, Baringo and Laikipia Counties as well as along Kenya-Somalia.
“In 2017, the Commission took note that Kenyans did not optimally utilize the early days to register. The consequence was a mad rush and long queues in the last days to the close of the registration drive,” IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said in a statement.