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Inmates want to vote

26 November 2012, 12:09 Wesley Gachugu

Inmates across the country are calling on the IEBC to declare if they will participate in the coming general elections.

As the voter registration entered the second week, it emerged that no decision had been made on whether inmates would be registered as voters.

“We participated in the referendum but we are not sure if we shall vote in the coming elections as we have not been registered as voters,” said Peter Mungai, an inmate.

The officer in charge Naivasha G.K prison Patrick Mwenda said that they had not been briefed on the issue.

“We are still in the dark as to whether the inmates will be registered or even vote this time round,” said the senior officer.

Mwenda was however quick to add that if called to register, the prison was ready and would co-operate with IEBC on the exercise.

According to the Naivasha IEBC constituency coordinator Mildred Wachiye, they are still waiting for communication from their bosses on the issue.

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

She termed the ongoing exercise in the constituency as smooth apart from a few logistics problems which were being addressed as the registration continued.

Wachiye lauded the high number of voters seeking to be registered adding that they had surpassed their target.

According to her, IEBC had set a target of 50 voters in every polling station per day but in some stations there were recording over 100 people.

“We have 85 BVR kits in Naivasha and by the end of the first week we had registered over 23 000 voters in this constituency,” she explained.

She also expressed concern that many flower farm workers were leaving their place of work very late making it hard for them to register.

“We are concerned by the high number of flower workers who have not registered though it is still early. We call on their bosses to allow them register on shift basis,” she said.

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