- “We want to advice IEBC to move their registration centers to learning institutions to be able to capture the targeted youth to list as voters,” Khwisero MP Christopher Aseka said.
Elected leaders from Western have asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to change its strategy to ensure voter registration targets are achieved.
The ongoing mass registration of voters has been characterised by extremely low numbers across the country.
Leaders have raised concern and want the electoral agency to change tack.
Western regions four counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga were targeted to register 628,371 new voters but only 52,997 people had registered as at the end of the second week.
This translates to a paltry 8.4 per cent.
“We want to advice IEBC to move their registration centers to learning institutions to be able to capture the targeted youth to list as voters,” Khwisero MP Christopher Aseka said.
He said most of those who were targeted in the ongoing registration drive are youth who are mostly in colleges and secondary schools.
He said given the institutions are currently in session, IEBC should ask its registration clerks to visit the institutions.
Aseka said the commission should alternatively postpone the registration exercise and carry it out during the holidays.
Lurambi MP Titus Khamala said the clerks should go to where the people are including in churches instead of sitting idle in polling stations.
He said the local leadership will mobilise residents to register as voters.
“I am now going to homes and fishing out youths who have been issued with ID cards but have not been registered as voters. We want the youth to understand that it is by the vote that they can kick out those they don’t want and vote in those they want,” Khamala said.
The MP said he was already giving out fare for those wishing to register at particular stations and also ferrying others whenever he can.
Khamala said he had started a campaign to ensure that only registered voters in Lurambi will benefit from the education bursaries. The aim is to push all eligible voters to register.
By the end of the second week, Kakamega had registered 16,952 out of the targeted 242,677. Bungoma had listed 17,079 new voters out of 181,939 that were targeted. Busia had added 11,240 new voters to its roll out of the projected 114,548. Vihiga had recorded 7,726 out of the 89,207 that the IEBC had projected.
Budalang’i lawmaker Raphael Wanjala said mobilising people to go and register was still a challenge because of the Health ministry’s restrictions to hold meetings because of Covid-19 pandemic.