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The electoral commission on Wednesday night published the voters register in a special gazette notice, revealing that 22,102,532 Kenyans will participate in the August 9 General Election.
Mt Kenya region has the highest number of registered voters, followed by Rift Valley, Western, Nyanza, Lower Eastern, Coast and North Eastern.
While Mt Kenya has determined the presidential winner in the last three General Elections, it remains to be seen how this time the vote-rich bloc will influence the top seat contest.
For the first time since 1992, Mt Kenya will not be producing a strong presidential candidate. David Mwaure Waihiga is considered a donkey in the August presidential election.
Counties That Matter
Some 16 counties are likely to decide the August State House contest, which pits Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga against William Ruto of UDA.
According to the voters’ roll published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the areas have more than 500,000 registered voters and more than half of the total eligible electorates.
Interestingly, the majority of these counties are metropolitan, meaning that Ruto and Raila will have to work harder to outdo each other.
The counties include Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega, Kilifi, Murang’a, Nakuru, Meru, Bungoma and Homa Bay.
IEBC to Meet Presidential Candidates
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has scheduled a meeting next week with the four presidential candidates, Raila Odinga, William Ruto, Prof George Wajackoyah, and David Mwaure Waihiga.
The session to be held at the Windsor Golf Hotel will allow the State House contenders to raise any issues they feel could adversely influence the presidential election.
Among the issues expected to arise are the transmission of presidential results from the polling stations to the national tallying centre and decision to use digital register for voter identification.
Archbishop Ole Sapit Wants IEBC to Use Manual Register
The Head of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to use the voters’ manual register as as a backup in the event technology fails.
Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit noted that relying on the digital register alone could jeopardise the credibility of the August 9 General Election.
He added that the Wafula Chebukati-led body must demonstrate that it has the capacity to conduct a free and transparent election.
Seven civil society organisations have also moved to the High Court seeking to have the manual register restored.
Aukot’s Petition Thrown Out
The suit Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot had lodged against the presidential candidature of Raila Odinga has been dismissed.
In his petition, the lawyer argued that Raila is a public officer since he has been receiving retirement benefits.
However, High Court judge Anthony Mrima said he did not see a correlation between receiving retirement benefits and being a public officer.
Ruto Now Approves CBC
Deputy President William Ruto now says he will continue the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) if elected President in August.
Speaking during an education forum by the Kenya Kwanza Alliance at the Catholic University, the DP noted that the new education system was geared towards producing well-skilled individuals who can be easily absorbed in the job market. He, however, said the curriculum must be reviewed every often to determine whether it is serving the right purpose.
Earlier this year, the DP vowed to abolish CBC should he become the next President.
Chaos Mars Raila Rally in Marsabit
Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his brigade were yesterday pelted with stones during a political rally in Moyale, Marsabit County.
Chaos broke out after supporters of powerful locals leaders, who include Marsabit Governor and Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani clashed. The crowd was particularly hostile towards Yatani, who was the first Marsabit Governor.
Nevertheless, Raila rallied the locals behind his presidential bid. He promised to address drought and famine in the North Eastern counties.
Heavy Punishment For Those Flouting Traffic Rules
If you will be convicted of breaking any traffic rules, brace yourself for a painful punishment that will include suspension of your driving licence.
After President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law the Traffic (Amendment) Act, traffic rules flouters will be jailed for two years, fined Ksh100,000 or both.
On top of that, the driving licence will be suspended for a minimum of two years.
House Help Disappears With Treasury CAS’s Money
Police are hunting for a woman, who allegedly stole Ksh4 million and jewellery worth Ksh500,000 from her employer, Treasury Chief Administrative Secretary Nelson Gaichuchie and his wife Charity Waithera.
The house help reportedly stole the money from the wardrobe where the couple had kept Ksh6 million in cash.
It was not revealed why the CAS had kept the huge amount of money in the house.
Businessman Loses Ksh5m
A businessman lost Ksh5.7 million after his car was broken into his car in Thika, Kiambu County.
According to Thika Sub-County police boss Daniel Kinyua, Mathew Mugenda had parked his car outside St Patrick Catholic Church to respond to a call of nature.
When he returned, he found his car window had been broken and the money stolen.