The mass voter registration exercise entered its 15th day on Monday, as political leaders and aspirants, from both Jubilee and the Opposition CORD, made frantic efforts to ensure as many people as possible register as voters.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is targeting to register 6 million new voters to add to the 14 million people currently in the register.
The exercise, which runs until February 14, has seen President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto separately traverse different parts of the country including Garissa, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Bungoma, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia and Meru to urge their supporters to register.
In his addresses, President Kenyatta told residents that it was paramount for them to register as voters and participate in the August elections to ensure only the leaders they want are elected.
“If you do not vote in the coming elections, you should not complain when you get incompetent leaders” he said while speaking in Kirinyaga last week.
The president further warned the Opposition against perpetuating politics of division and instead preach peace and unity.
“It is repugnant and inconsiderate for CORD leader Raila Odinga to claim that Jubilee is working with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to rig elections; it is such remarks that caused the 2007 post election violence. We should desist from diving Kenyans along party or tribal lines.”
CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka, and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi have also launched campaigns in Coast, Nyanza, Western and Eastern to urge their supporters to register as voters.
So crucial is the exercise that youth, allied to Kirinyaga Governorship aspirant and former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, under the auspices of Team Waiguru, have offered to assist the elderly and people living with disability to register.
Waiguru’s campaign team has also offered free transport to locals who live far from registration centres to make it possible for them to register as voters, as evidenced in the photos below.
The Kirinyaga governorship aspirant has promised to form an all-inclusive government, if elected, that will bring development to the county ad better the living standards of the residents.