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ODM drops threat to boycott voter registration

12 February 2016, 23:20

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has dropped a threat to boycott the upcoming voter registration by the IEBC. 

ODM Deputy Party Leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said in a report on Capital News  the party is keen on listing the highest number of new voters in its strongholds after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced it targets to register eight million voters this year alone.

“In two days time, that is on Monday, February 15, 2016, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will embark on registration of voters ahead of 2017 elections. We are here to call on all ODM and CORD supporters who have attained the voting age to turn out at registration centres and register as voters,” Joho told a media briefing at the coalition’s offices in Upper Hill.

“As a party, we have many misgivings on IEBC and its preparations for this exercise. We would have preferred that all polling stations be used as registration centres and be provided with BVR kits. We would have preferred that IEBC and the National Government goes all out to ensure all young Kenyans are provided with identity cards so that they can register as voters.”

ODM had threatened to boycott the exercise after they disagreed with IEBC’s plan to conduct voter registration at the ward level, instead of at the polling stations.

The Star further reported that ODM leaders in Bondo will provide the disabled and elderly with transport to voter registration centres as part of a "massive" mobilisation exercise.

Vice secretary Onyango Ralwala said the branch will fully facilitate the process of allowing residents to elect choice leaders in the 2017 general election.

Ralwala told the press in his officer on Friday that party leaders in the region have formed a team to mobilise constituents to participate in the exercise.

He said chairpersons in charge of polling stations will have to record the names of those yet to register and make sure they do so before March 15. 

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