Trans Nzoia: Low voter registration turnout experienced

A mere 9.5% of eligible voters in Trans Nzoia County have turned out to be enlisted in the ongoing one month registration exercise by the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission IEBC.

The county’s IEBC election manager Lazarus Chebii said only 7,448 new voters had been captured by October 13, 2021 against a target of 78,026 voters.

“We have three registration kits in each of the 25 wards. We call on eligible voters to visit our teams to be enlisted as voters so as to exercise their democratic right of voting,” said Mr. Chebii.

Area county commissioner Samson Ojwang’ disclosed that more than 4,000 national identity cards remain uncollected at various chiefs’ offices in the five sub counties.

“We are going to ensure that all holders of the identity cards get them in time so as to register as voters to participate in the 2022 general elections,” said Mr. Ojwang during a civic forum in Kitale.

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Cherang’any leads with 1739 new voters, kiminini has enlisted 1582 new voters, Saboti has 1492, Kwanza has 1440 while Endebess is trailing with 1196 voters.

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi wondered why some aspirants have hoodwinked voters making them think that they must be paid first before they can exercise their democratic right of getting registered as voters and eventually voting.

“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.