The process to grant Kenyans living in the diaspora their constitutional right to vote in the General Elections has started.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) Thursday launched an online tool for mapping of Kenyans residing outside the country.
The exercise will enable the commission to identify the number and location of eligible voters in the diaspora, which has been a great challenge in previous polls.
“It is their constitutional right to be registered as voters and has to be done progressively,” said IEBC Vice Chair Lilian Mahiri-Zaja.
Under Article 82 (1) (e), the parliament is mandated to enact legislation to provide for the progressive registration of citizens residing outside Kenya and progressive realisation of their right to vote.
Part VIII of the Elections (registration of voters) Regulations 2012 provides for the procedure for registration of Kenyans citizens dwelling in other countries.
An individual will be required to submit personal details to ascertain that they can be registered as a voter.
Some of the mandatory requirements include name, gender, Kenyan passport number and its place, date of issue and expiry, Kenyan identification number, country of birth and country of residence among other details.
Mahiri-Zaja during the launch of the online portal in Nairobi, assured that only the commission will have access to the details, which will used solely for identification purpose.
“The information you provide will be held in confidence by the Commission and will not in any way be shared with other parties,” she said, following a concern raised by an audience on the privacy of the information that will be provided.
IEBC newly elected CEO Ezra Chiloba called for extensive civic education to make the exercise a success.
Kenyans who have attained the voting age 18 years and living outside the country and wish to participate in elections back home will need to log on to www.iebc.or.ke/diaspora to submit their details.