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IDPs boycott voter registration

22 November 2012, 15:26 Wesley Gachugu

IDPs living in parts of Naivasha and Gilgil have decided to ignore the ongoing voter registration until they are resettled.

As the exercise entered day two on Tuesday, the IDPs announced a boycott against the exercise which they termed as unfair and undemocratic.

They want the government to first resettle them so that they can register as voters in the new homes ahead of the coming general elections.

Jane Wanjiku, one of the IDPs from Jikaze IDP camp, said that they were tired of unfulfilled resettlement promises by the government.

“We have agreed that we shall not register as voters in the exercise until we are resettled in our land where we shall vote from,” she said.

But another IDP from the same camp, Christine Ndinda, differed with her colleagues saying that not all IDPs had ignored the exercise.

“It’s true some IDPs met and agreed to ignore the exercise but this is wrong as it’s our votes which will determine the kind of leader that we want,” she said.

Naivasha DC Mohammed Abass dismissed the move by the IDPs accusing them of politicizing the ongoing exercise.

“The resettlement exercise has nothing to do with the voter registration and we are keenly following the situation,” he said.

Speaking on phone, Naivasha constituency IEBC coordinator Mildred Wachiye said that she was not aware of the boycott.

Wachiye termed the exercise as smooth apart from a few technical hitches but had since been solved.

“I have not heard any case of IDPs boycotting this exercise and the registration is going on with high voter turn-out reported,” she said.

On the issue of inmates registering as voters, Wachiye said that the matter had not been communicated to them by their bosses.

“We have not received any directive on the registration of inmates and we are waiting before we act,” she said.

Visits to various registration centers confirmed that people had turned up in large numbers though the limited number of registration materials continued to hamper the exercise.

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