UDM presidential candidate Philip Murgor speaking at the launch of Tujisajili football tournament. [Photo/Courtesy]
UDM presidential candidate Philip Murgor speaking at the launch of Tujisajili football tournament. [Photo/Courtesy]

United Democratic Movement (UDM) presidential candidate Philip Murgor has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to extend the voter registration exercise beyond the February 14, 2016 deadline.

Speaking in Dandora on Saturday during a voter registration campaign, Murgor said that extending the exercise beyond the set deadline would allow more Kenyans, who have so far not been able to register as voters, to do so.

He also called on the national registration bureau to speed up the processing and release of national identification cards to allow more people to register as new voters and take part in the August 2017 elections.

The former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) said it is only through voting in the August 2017 elections that Kenyans can effect a change in the country’s governance.

“Only by registering as voters and taking part in the August elections will Kenyans be able to vote out the corrupt Jubilee regime which has been entangled in corruption and misuse of public money meant for development,” said Murgor at the launch of Tujisajili football tournament.

The UDM presidential candidate also questioned the government’s recent resilience in the war on drugs saying they have the ability to root out the crime.

“The government knows the people who are dealing in drugs and they should bring them to book instead of giving Kenyans lip service. He said if elected as the president, his government will not tolerate corruption and tribalism that have adversely affected the country’s growth and development.”

The mass voter registration exercise, which kicked off on January 16 is set to end on February 14 with IEBC announcing that only 2 million people had so far registered, signaling a shortfall of their 6 million target.

Murgor, in December last year, announced that he would run for president, setting him on stage to face Jubilee candidate President Uhuru Kenyatta and a flag bearer that will be picked by the Opposition coalition NASA (comprising of Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka).

The UDM presidential candidate has however also expressed interest in working with other parties to form a formidable force that would defeat Jubilee in the August elections.