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MP wants persons with serialized waiting cards registered as voters

09 March 2016, 14:32 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Kwanza MP, Ferdinand Wanyonyi has drafted a motion for tabling in Parliament to compel the electoral body to allow persons who have serialized waiting cards to be registered as voters in the ongoing one-month voter listing exercise.

Wanyonyi argues that although it is mandatory to use national identification card (ID) to register, the provision will lock out thousands of youths from getting registered as voters in the 2017 polls despite having serialized waiting cards.

“… aware that voter registration is a crucial exercise in the electioneering process, thousands of youths are yet to be issued with IDs due to the long and tedious process involved in the processing of these cards and further compounded by centralization of the registration process,” reads part of Wanyonyi’s motion.

He pointed out that serialized waiting cards can be used for voter registration because the serial number also appears on the issued ID, hence curbing any possible voter listing malpractices.

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Wanyonyi added that once his proposal is adopted by the House, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should move with speed to have persons possessing the waiting cards registered before March 15, 2016 which is the deadline for the ongoing voter listing exercise.

“…appreciating that Section 5 sub-sections 3 (a) and (b) of the Elections Act, 2011 obligates IEBC to register all Kenyans who have attained the age of 18 years, have applied for issuance of IDs and are in possession of serialized waiting cards, pending their issuance…” goes on the motion.

He raised concern that IEBC will be disenfranchising and denying persons with waiting cards their democratic right of voting if it fails to enlist them on the voters’ rolls.

“… this House resolves that IEBC immediately allows all persons who were successfully vetted and issued with serialized waiting cards to register as voters in the ongoing and future voter registration exercises in accordance with Section 5 of the Elections Act, 2011,” proposes the motion.

Concern has been raised over thousands of uncollected IDs in local registration offices across the country by the applicants, making legislators and local administrators to appeal to responsible persons to pick them and get registered as voters before the stipulated deadline elapses. 

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