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Do not interfere with voter registration

27 November 2012, 10:12 Alloys Musyoka

The government will strictly deal with anyone who will attempt to disrupt the ongoing countrywide voter registration exercise in Kilifi county, a government officer has said.

Kilifi county commissioner Erastus Ekidor said that the government is prepared and heavily armed to safeguard locals in the area to register as voters so they can participate in the coming general election.

Addressing Boda boda operators at Sai Eden Roc Hotel in Malindi where they were being educated on the new traffic rules, Ekidor said that those planning to disrupt voter registration in the coast province will not be tolerated.

"Our officers have been directed to use live bullets to shoot and kill anybody who will attempt to interfere with the exercise because we have information of those planning to disrupt the exercise," said Ekidor.

He said that voting is a constitutional right and the government is ready to protect locals from the infringement of this right by criminals whom he said have hidden agenda.

The commissioner called on locals in the area to come out in large numbers and registers as voters to enable them to elect leaders who will solve their long term problems through county governments.

Ekidor assured the locals of security against separatist groups in the region, stating that security officers have been directed to guard the region before, during and after the election and protect locals.

The officer also cautioned boda boda operators and youths in the area to shun groups which may risk their lives, and urged them to register as voters and elect their leaders.

He warned boda boda operators who have been used by criminals that they will not be spared if found ferrying them.

"Many a times you are used to transport criminals and even illegal goods. It is good you take care this time because our officers will also treat you as criminals if you are found assisting them," he warned.

His sentiments come barely a week after the registration of voters kicked off.

According to North coast region IEBC coordinator Anastasia Mutua they target 0.8 million voters.

The region has registered only 94 000 voters so far due to the activities of the MRC in the region.

Mutua admitted that they have been experiencing BVR breakdown which has also caused delays, but noted that the exercise is picking up after technicians rectified BVR kits problems.

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