Now Kenyans living within the four East African states -Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi- have a reason to smile following the move by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to have them register as voters.
The new constitution requires that Kenyan citizens living in diaspora should be given the chance to exercise their rightful duty as eligible voters, but it seems IEBC is not ready to go for a wider margin citing logistical challenges. The commission has declared that voter registration will take place only within the East African Community (EAC) region.
In this short time registration window, IEBC is targeting 50,000 people with Uganda taking the Lion’s share, this is according to data supplied by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
So far, official Government figures indicates that there are 32,939 eligible Kenyan voters living in Uganda, about 5,521 in Tanzania and around 5,000 in both Rwanda and Burundi.
The only requirement for one to get registered is having a valid Kenyan passport. It is believed that the number of Kenyans living in EAC region is much higher than the recorded figures. IEBC is urging Kenyans to register until 25th December 2012.
- Only Diaspora Kenyans in EA will vote – Hassan (capitalfm.co.ke)