Kenya: Polls Team Says ‘No’ to Deadline Extension

Nairobi – The electoral commission yesterday ruled out the possibility of extending the deadline for voter registration due later this evening despite requests by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition leaders.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said the commission was already time barred in many aspects and could not spend any additional time on voter registration given the rigid timelines ahead of the election.

President Kenyatta and National Super Alliance leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have, on several occasions, pleaded for an extension to allow those who freshly registered for identity cards to be listed.

The National Registration Bureau, having worked overtime at the weekend, released hundreds of IDs expected to be distributed from today but the polls team would not budge.

“Our position is that we will not extend voter listing deadline expiring tomorrow (today). As far as we are concerned the commission has made progress and we have enough voters in our register,” said Mr Chiloba.

Source: Angola Press News Agency