As the gateway to the ballot box, voter registration and the resulting Register of Voters is a highly sensitive and vital part of any electoral process. In Kenya, voter registration has long been the subject of serious, contentious debate. In 2013, there were a series of unresolved questions around the Register, including:
• What explained the increase in the number of registered voters (+12,509) between the publication of the provisional figures, after which registration was supposed to be closed, and the publication of the final figures?
• Why were there such stark differences in the changes that had been made in party strongholds (See Table 1)?
Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is an independent non-profit organization whose governance and anti-corruption reform initiatives are aimed at addressing the structural causes of Kenya’s governance crisis while facilitating permanent civic vigilance..read more