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CORD calls for increase in voter registration funding

25 April 2014, 10:29

Nairobi - Leaders allied to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy have called on the government to allocate more funding for the registration of voters.


Budalang’i Member of Parliament, Ababu Namwamba, said the current amount allocated was insufficient.


The government, he said, has allocated Sh 18 million for the registration of voters in the current financial year.


“We demand sufficient funding, continuous and credible registration of voters,” said Namwamba.


Namwamba was accompanied by Senators Moses Wetangula and Ababu Namwamba as he made the demands.


He said that CORD was concerned with the manner in which the government was carrying out registration of voters.


The sentiments came barely a week after Deputy President, William Rutto announced that registration of all Kenyans would begin soon in order to weed out aliens who were in the country illegally and those who obtained identity cards illegally.


The Deputy President, The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair, Isaak Hassan, and Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Dr Fred Matinag’i last week agreed that a digital registration of persons that would consolidate the government database of persons was vital.


CORD however disagreed with the plan saying that it was a plan to rig elections in future.


Senator Johnstone Muthama said the government wanted to hide under a disguised move of fighting terrorism to conduct fresh registration of citizens as a way of putting in place strategies to rig the next elections.


CORD’s current calls for increased funding for the registration of voters is a departure from the government’s plans to conduct a general registration of prospective voters.

– CAJ News

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