The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is targeting to enlist 195,135 new voters in Machakos during the last phase of the voter registration drive that kicked off today.
The electoral body’s Regional Elections Coordinator for Lower Eastern, Annastacia Mutua said the poll body is fully prepared to undertake this crucial exercise as the clock ticks towards the August 8 general elections.
Speaking during a stakeholder’s workshop at the Kyaka hotel in Machakos on Monday, the official said a total of 222 BVR kits have already been disbursed to the eight sub counties in the area in readiness for the initiative.
In addition, she said, 599 officials, including 446 registration clerks have been deployed in all the 40 wards to help undertake the one-month long exercise.
Mutua is however appealing to political leaders and faith based organizations to rally members of the public to take part in the exercise which is expected to come to an end on February 15.
“We are currently facing apathy in Machakos as far as registration of voters is concerned and we are urging political leaders to whip up their supporters in order for us to attain our projected target.
During our last exercise our performance was below average and this is a scenario we need to address,” he Said.
Machakos County has a total of 505,293 registrations as per the IEBC, s 2016 records.
The poll body is targeting between 4 to 6 million new people to add to the current 15.8 million voters who are currently on its database.
It is estimated that at least 9 million Kenyans who are eligible to vote have not been registered.
Mutua said the commission has arranged several shuttle visits to all the constituencies where the public will be sensitized o the need of taking part in the exercise.
Also present during the forum was Machakos County Commissioner, Matilda Sakwa, area Women Representative, Dr. Susan Musyoka together with Kangundo MP Kyengo Katatha
The two main political wings of Jubilee and the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy are leaving nothing to chance as they scramble for the unregistered voters in a bid to boost their chances of riding into power in the next elections.