Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

Voter registration is the process of enlisting voters into the register of voters
BVR stands for Biometric Voter Registration. It is the registration of voters using electronic technology (BVR machines) to capture each applicant’s fingerprints. In addition, the following features are also captured: facial image, name, national ID or Passport number, age and gender.
The components of BVR system include;
1. A laptop
2. Finger print scanner/reader
3. Camera
4. Registration software
5. Power backup source
6. Photo backdrop
The personal information captured by BVR is unique to each individual and cannot be shared.
It requires every voter to present himself or herself in person at the registration centre where he/she intends to register as a voter.
This helps to create a credible register of voters.
Yes, BVR is safe and secure:
It does not pose any health risk
The system cannot be interfered with
Data collected is used only for the purpose of elections.
Yes! It is enabled to cater for all eligible voters.
The IEBC is mandated by the Constitution to register voters, prepare, maintain and revise the register of voters.
Kenya citizens living within the country can register as voters at any designated voter registration centre, IEBC constituency offices and Huduma Centres. The Kenyan Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates can be designated by the Commission as registration centres for Kenyans living outside the country. For purposes of 2017 Voter Registration, the Commission will conduct voter registration in Bujumbura in Burundi, Arusha and Dar es salaam in Tanzania, Kigali in Rwanda, Kampala in Uganda and Pretoria – South Africa  
The Commission will conduct the Mass voter registration drive for Kenyan citizens residing outside Kenya from 20th February 2017 to 6th March 2017.
This is the list of persons who are registered and entitled to vote. Only people whose names appear in the register of voters may participate in elections or referendum.
In order to register as a voter, one must:
Be a Kenyan citizen,
Be 18 years of age and above,
Have a valid Kenyan passport
Be of sound mind.
Not have been convicted of an election offence during the preceding five years
It gives you an opportunity to vote and elect leaders of your choice.
It allows you to vie for any elective position
It gives you moral authority to hold leaders accountable
An eligible voter must present himself or herself to the registration officer with his/her valid passport at the designated registration centre during working hours.
The applicant fills the Application for Registration form (Form J)
Registered voters will be issued with a registration acknowledgement slip bearing the voter’s details.
However, this slip will not be a requirement for voting.
When you are under 18 years of age
When you are not in possession of a valid Kenyan passport
When one is un-discharged bankrupt
When you have been found guilty by an election court or reported to be guilty of any election offence during the preceding five years.
If a competent court declares you to be of unsound mind
No! It is an offence to register more than once.
A person is only allowed to register once as a voter in a constituency or registration centre of his or her choice.
A Person who has registered more than once is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand Kenya shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both. Such a person shall be barred from participating in the immediate election and the next that follows.

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