Opposition targeting to capitalize on voter registration



By Edward Kabasa

The Opposition has now trailed its guns at the electoral body IEBC demanding that it ensures equitable distribution of BVR kits in all parts of the country.

While disclosing that they will put in place elaborate mechanisms to ensure the August polls are credible, CORD leader Raila Odinga announced the shelving of the earlier planned mass protests for the next 30 days, to accord their supporters’ ample time to register as voters when the exercise kicks off in earnest next week.

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Aware of the infamous tyranny of numbers that perhaps humbled them in the last polls three years ago, Opposition leaders made way to the Bomas of Kenya, top on their agenda being, how they will rally their supporters to turn out in large numbers and register as voters.

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CORD did however send a stern warning to IEBC against biased distribution of biometric kits, claiming of a plot to ensure Opposition supporters are not registered in their numbers through less distribution of kits.

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They were also made aware that the electoral law amendment bill has been assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta paving way for complimentary manual system and should the electronic one fail, Raila was quick to assure their supporters that there are many ways of killing a rat.

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Ironically, failure to have a backup saw the bid by Siaya Senator James Orengo to read resolutions interrupted for about two minutes, due to technical failure of the equipment.

The electoral body IEBC will next week kick off a month long voter registration exercise in which the Opposition has vowed to conduct a door to door campaign to ensure its supporters are registered as voters.


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