Garissa Governor expresses concern over voter registration for pastoralists

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By Kinyungu Kithendu

Garissa governor Nathif Jama has urged the IEBC to work hard to reach the overlooked potential voters in the villages and watering points of North Eastern Kenya particularly the nomadic pastoralists.

Jama warned that the exercise faces an uphill task in the registration of the pastoralists because of the current drought that has forced the pastoralists to move with their animals in search of water and pasture for their animals.

“Our people are going round looking after water and pasture for their animals. We feel if something is not done to have these people register as voters then a big number of people will be left out of the exercise and it will not be good,” said Jama.

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Jama said that the county leadership will hold a meeting with IEBC officials to try and see to it that all the officials’ handlings BVR kits are not stationed at one palace but instead transfer them to where the potential voters are.

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IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba while speaking in Nairobi while releasing the voter registrations schedule said that the commission has employed criteria for distributing BVR kits to ensure that potential voters are not discouraged by long distances to register as voters.

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He urged the residents with ID cards to register as voters saying that it was the only tool they could use to elect leaders of their choice.

“It makes no sense for one to claim to support a particular candidate and yet he or she has no vote to support him or her. The only two most important days for your preferred candidate is the voter registration day and voting day,” he said.

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He further appealed to the government to speed up the exercise of registering Kenyans whose finger prints were captured in the refugee data base and subsequently issue them with ID cards that will enable them register as voters and participate in the polls.

IEBC has stated that it is targeting to register 9 million Kenyans who have ID cards.

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