IEBC sets 8th August 2017 as next General Election date

By Beth Nyaga

It’s now official, the next General Election will be held on 8th of August 2017.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) say preparations are already underway for the election exercise.

Kenyans now have exactly  19 months (606 Days) before exercising their constitutional right.

Speaking to journalists earlier on Wednesday, IEBC Chairperson Isaack Hassan said the commission has set a target of 22.4 million registered voters to participate in the next general elections.

This is 8 million more than the 14.3 million registered voters for the 2013 polls.

Hassan however said the continued voter registration has been slow with only 106,601 voters registered as of June this year.

Subsequently, IEBC has confirmed that it will conduct a one month mass voter registration exercise from 15th of February to 15 of March next year.

The exercise will target a minimum of 4 million new registered voters.

IEBC is urging Kenyans who have not registered to use the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights.

He further noted that the commission has started verifying signatures for the Okoa Kenya referendum push, saying the exercise will be completed in 90 days.

Hassan stated that Okoa Kenya referendum can be held alongside the next General Election to avoid redundancy.

Hassan also announced that Foreign Countries with more than 3000 Kenyans will qualify to serve as polling stations for Kenyans in the diaspora.

The commission is now urging all eligible Kenyans to register as voters even as it calls on the national treasury to provide adequate and timely funding to enable election preparations.