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Rugut: BVR myths unfounded

13 December 2012, 11:43 Joseph Mukubwa

Central PC Japhter Kiplimo Rugut dispelled fears that fingerprints taken from eligible voters during the ongoing voter registration exercise could be used to track them down in case they are involved in criminal activities.

Speaking in Nyeri town as he registered as a voter, Rugut assured area residents that the fingerprints being taken in the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise were solely intended for the purpose of identification during voting time and will not be used anywhere else by anyone.

Rumours had spread widely in various parts of Central Province including Murang’a, Embu, Nyeri and Kirinyaga counties that the photographs and fingerprints being taken by the BVR machines will be used to track down criminals.

Rugut said those were just rumours which are unfounded and should not prevent people from registering.

He was accompanied by Nyeri County Commissioner Michael Mwangi and Nyeri regional IEBC coordinator Patrick Odame who also registered as voters.

Japhter Kiplimo Rugut

“Voters have not turned up well. There is still voter apathy in some areas within the province due to myths about the BVR exercise,” he said.

The administrator urged the youth to ignore such rumours and acquire voters cards.

He emphasized that there is need to register as a voter in order to determine the destiny of this country.

The countrywide voter registration exercise ends next week.

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