The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has begun the process of verifying the voter register for the August 9 elections.
The ongoing voter registration will be put on hold until March 13, 2023, according to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati in a gazette notice dated April 28, 2022.
The procedure will make the voter register available to the public for verification purposes.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to check whether or not their biometric data has been documented correctly in the register.
“The Commission notifies the public that this suspension is to enable availability of the register of voters to the public for purposes of verification of biometric data and particulars of registered voters in accordance with sections 6 A of the Elections Act, 2011,” IEBC said.
According to IEBC, those who have issues with their data can make a claim to the Registration Officer at any IEBC office across the country with a valid identity card or passport within the period.
The commission argues that the exercise, despite the Election Act allowing Kenyans the right to register up to 60 days before the election date, will allow them enough time to meet critical deadlines and expedite the process effectively.
The end of the verification process will pave way for the gazetting of the final register to be used in the general elections.