County provides 9 vehicles to support IEBC's voter registration drive
29 February 2016, 12:59
Bungoma - The Bungoma County has provided nine vehicles to support Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the ongoing voter registration drive.
Governor Kenneth Lusaka said that vehicles will take the registration kits to areas where transport is a nightmare so as to ensure that residents are registered during the one-month exercise.
Speaking at Misikhu Catholic church in Webuye during a church service, Lusaka said that few people were registering as voters and called on them to turn out in large numbers.
“Bungoma has the highest number of unregistered voters and the vehicles will help mobilize many voters to register as voters. This is the only way to ensure we elect good leaders in the upcoming general election,” he said.
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He called on all residents to be armed with voters' cards so they can exercise their democratic right of electing development-conscious leaders.
Upper Western region’s IEBC coordinator, Patrick Odame says they are targeting 300 000 new voters but so far, Bungoma County has registered a paltry 19 000 new voters.
His sentiments were echoed by the County Woman Rep, Reginalda Wanyonyi who called on region’s residents to turn up in large numbers and ensure that they are registered as voters.
“To elect a good leader, you must be a registered voter with a voting card that will give you an upper hand in electing these leaders,” said Wanyonyi.
She accused those who have not registered yet as enemies of democracy and called on all patriots to register and acquire voters cards.
She called on village elders to identify disabled people within their jurisdiction and help them register.
“Don’t segregate people living with disabilities; provide their headcount so they can be registered and participate in the democratic process of electing good leaders. Let’s capitalize on the time-frame given so that they acquire voters' cards,” she said.
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