Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

EU staff observe voter registration in central Kenya

10/02/2017 - 07:53
Democracy and Human Rights

Members of the European Union's IEBC-accredited Election Observation Group visit Kiambu and Nakuru counties to monitor the election observation process

Members of the European Union's IEBC-accredited Election Observation Group visited Kiambu and Nakuru in central Kenya on 9 February to monitor the IEBC's voter registration work in the two counties. During their visits they called on the IEBC's main offices for the Kiambu and Naivasha constituencies, where voters are able also to transfer their registered places of voting, and on some of the stations where the biometric voter registration kits are being used. The photo shows the BVR station located in a street market outside the district hospital in Naivasha.

The EU staff also took the opportunity to meet with women in the two constituencies who've participated in EU-funded projects to help increase women's representation and who now to plan to stand for election.

The visits to Kiambu and Nakuru followed helpful advice the previous day from political staff of some of the EU Member States' diplomatic missions, who had already been to observe voter registration work in other parts of Kenya. The political counsellors of the EU Member States' diplomatic missions to Kenya have a coordination meeting every month, and observation of the voter registration process was one of the subjects they discussed in February's meeting.

Observation work, by EU and non-EU diplomatic missions to Kenya, is continuing around the country ahead of the end of the voter registration process on 14 February. The missions have coordinated their visits to different parts of Kenya through the donor group on elections, which is co-chaired by the embassies of Denmark and Norway.

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