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
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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