In Summary

  • Even though IEBC had indicated it would start the registration from February 1, Mr David Ogega, president of Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organisations was not convinced.

  • Speaking to the Nation soon after the launch of court initiative, Mr Ogega said the IEBC was known for shifting goalposts on diaspora voting issues.

  • While Mr Ogega’s team was preparing to go to court, a meeting organised by the Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) was taking place in Nairobi. It included representatives of IEBC, the Foreign Affairs ministry and key political players.

  • In the end, it was clear the registration would not start as scheduled but would be considered at an undisclosed date next month.

  • On Saturday, the commission said it will begin preparations for diaspora voter registration from February 20.

DELAWARE

Two weeks ago, a Facebook post initiated by a US-based Kenyan civil society group asked for funds to file a lawsuit compelling the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to register Kenyans living abroad ahead of the August elections.

Even though the IEBC had indicated it would start the registration from February 1, Mr David Ogega, president of Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organisations was not convinced. Speaking to the Nation soon after the launch of court initiative, Mr Ogega said the IEBC was known for shifting goalposts on diaspora voting issues.

“We must not allow the government to disenfranchise us again this time like they did in the 2013 elections. The Kenya Constitution explicitly grants universal suffrage to all eligible Kenyans, including in the diaspora, to vote. We must demand that the IEBC moves immediately to register the diaspora as voters just as it is happening at home,” Mr Ogega said.

While Mr Ogega’s team was preparing to go to court, a meeting organised by the Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) was taking place in Nairobi. It included representatives of the IEBC, the Foreign Affairs ministry and key political players. In the end, it was clear the registration would not start as scheduled but would be considered at an undisclosed date next month.

On Saturday, the commission said it will begin preparations for diaspora voter registration from February 20.

Page 1 of 2