IEBC staff in a past voter registration. Murang'a residents have been told they will only be able to buy alcohol if they have voter's card. [Photo/Courtesy] High Court has ordered IEBC to extend the exercise
IEBC staff in a past voter registration. Murang'a residents have been told they will only be able to buy alcohol if they have voter's card. [Photo/Courtesy]

Murang’a residents will not be able to bur alcohol if they do not have voter’s card, Bar and hotel owners association chair James Waweru has said.

Addressing the media in Murang’a on Monday, January 9, 2017, Waweru said the move is aimed at encouraging Murang’a residents to register as voters in readiness for the 2017 General Election.

“The same way you cannot drive without a driving licence, you will not be able to buy alcohol without a voter’s card,” said James Waweru.

“We will conclude licensing of bars and hotels this week to give members time to mobilise people in their areas and premises to register as voters.

Mr Waweru called on other business owners such as boda boda and matatu operators to support the association to ensure more people register as voters.

“In all the eight sub-counties, our members have agreed to support this initiative to ensure Murang’a county leads in voter registration,”

“We will also partner with East Africa Breweries to launch initiatives to sensitise the youth on the importance of registering as voters and taking part in the elections.

The pronouncements came just hours after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that it would begin the second voter registration campaign on Monday, January 16, 2017 and run until Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

All those who wish to register will need to be over 18 years, be of sound mind, have an original ID card or valid passport, physically present at the registration centre and fill a form requesting to be registered as voters.

IEBC is targeting 6 million voters in the campaign.

The first registration campaign which run from February to March last year failed to meet IEBC’s targets of registering four million voters, only managing to register just 1.4 million voters.

CORD has in the past warned current IEBC commission from carrying out any duties in the commission, since they are in the office illegally.

CORD leader Raila Odinga has claimed that IEBC is working with Jubilee government to rig elections in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The current commissioners, led by IEBC chair Issack Hassan tendered their resignation to President Uhuru Kenyatta in October last year, in compliance with a negotiated deal between CORD and Jubilee in a bid to ensure electoral reforms.

The commissioners have however stated that they will only vacate office after new commissioners have been sworn in.