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Governor takes over the Tokelezea ID initiative

15 June 2015, 11:21 Jane Zack

Busia - ODM Secretary General, Ababu Namwambu has given Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong the mandate to champion the TokelezeaID initiative in the County.

The TokelezeaID initiative aims at registering people aged 18 years and above who have not obtained identification cards.

The mop up exercise targets every single resident of the County who has not obtained an ID to take one to enable them register as voters.

"The ID cards are not only for voting but will also help the youth access services from both the County and national governments including employment, as well as receiving admission in colleges," Ababu said during the launch held at St Mathias secondary school in Busia.

Ababu, who is also the Budalangi MP, said they will reach the youths in schools and boda boda operators at various stages in the County to ensure all residents above 18 years have obtained ID cards.

Read Also: Jubilee plotting to deny Western Kenya residents ID cards

He further said that the registration of all citizens in the County irrespective of their party affiliations will strategize ODM and other affiliate CORD parties ahead of the 2017 general elections.

Ojaamong said the TokelezeaID initiative was a noble idea whose time had come, and urged residents who have not acquired ID cards to come forward and register.

"The culture of Ugandans who hardly register has been replicated in the County. Some Kenyans who fail to register opt to cross over to Uganda, leaving their constitutional obligation," he said.

The Governor regretted that only 750 000 eligible voters in the County had registered out of a possible million people, giving Jubilee undue advantage over tyranny of numbers syndrome.

Ababu said the exercise will also be conducted in Kisumu and Kwale.

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