Kwanza: Low voter registration turnout linked to misinformation

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi addressing journalists in Kitale

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi has blamed the low turnout in the ongoing voter registration exercise by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC to demands by some eligible voters that they are paid to do so.

Mr. Wanyonyi blamed the trend on some aspirants who are tricking some residents that members of parliament are supposed to facilitate them before they can exercise the democratic right of getting registered as voters.

“Some women came to my homestead saying they had a pressing issue that required urgent attention only for me to learn that they wanted me to pay them before they can get registered as voters. I turned them away,” he spoke in Kitale.

The legislator who was reacting to the low turnout in the number of registered voters in the ongoing voter enlisting exercise also spoke against the move by some politicians to transfer voters from one area to another in order to gain support.

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Separately, United Green Movement party leader Agostinho Neto called on the registrar of national identity cards to grant applications by Ugandan women who are married in western Kenya counties so that they can also be registered as voters.

“We have many women from Uganda who are married in the counties of Trans Nzoia, Bungoma and Busia who don’t take part in voting exercises since they don’t have national identity cards,” Mr. Neto spoke while opening party offices in Kitale.

 “We also call on the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission IEBC to make good use of funds meant for the mass voter registration exercise to ensure more Kenyans are enlisted by boosting civic education,” he said.

He added: “We also call on the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission IEBC to make good use of funds meant for the mass voter registration exercise to ensure more Kenyans are enlisted by boosting civic education”