Organisation : Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Facility : Register to Vote
Country : Kenya
Register to Vote :
** It is your constitutional right to be registered as a voter.
** All you need is to present some form of identification to IEBC’s registration officials.
IEBC Kenya Frequently Asked Questions FAQs : www.electionin.org/700.html
** This may be a national Identity Card (ID) or a valid passport.
** You will be required to identify yourself with the document you registered with when voting.
You are eligible to register as voter if you are :
** A Kenyan citizen
** Aged 18 years and above
** Have a national ID or a Passport
Your rights as a voter :
** An adult citizen shall exercise the right to vote specified in Article 38 (3) of the Constitution in accordance with the Elections Act.
** He or she must, among other requirements, be registered in the Principal Register of Voters.
A voter has the responsibility and obligation to :
** Report election offences as soon as possible to Designated IEBC Security Officers desks, Designated Peace Committees or the nearest Police Station
** Conduct campaigns in a peaceful manner and to ALWAYS adhere to the laws, rules and regulations guiding elections in Kenya
** Participate in the election by coming out to vote
Why Register :
** Voting provides an opportunity to choose a leader of your choice
** Voting provides an opportunity to vie in elections. By law, only registered voters are allowed to vie for elections.
** You safeguard your rights and freedoms as provided for in the constitution
** You give legitimacy to leaders. By electing their leaders, voters give their consent to be led by whoever they have chosen and to reject those who fail to sufficiently represent their interests.
Registration Centres :
The IEBC has over 33,000 registration centres across the 290 constituencies. These registration centres become polling centres during elections. Continuous voter registration is going on at constituency offices. It will be rolled out to Wards and registration centres once funds are available to carry out the exercise. It should be noted that the on-going registration of voters in an incremental exercise. We register only those who were not registered in the run up to the General Elections in 2013.Download the list of the registration/polling centres here.
Diaspora Voter :
** The Constitution of Kenya stipulates legislation of a framework for the progressive registration of citizens residing outside Kenya, and the progressive realization of their right to vote (Article 82, section (1) subsection (e). In working to achieve this mandate, IEBC is developing detailed regulations and procedures on Diaspora registration and voting and will submit the same to Parliament at least 6 months before the general elections as required by law.
** This requires a consultative process that needs the input of Kenyans in the Diaspora, Civil Society Organisations and consensus amongst political parties and consideration of international best practices.
Key considerations for the process include:
costs, the impact of Diaspora voting on domestic politics, logistics and other operational issues. Diaspora voting comes with administrative challenges such as security and transportation of electoral materials, voter education and training.
** Some jurisdictions define the eligibility of the Diaspora voter by the number of years lived abroad. There is need to identify agents and observers.