As a way of addressing voter registration apathy in Gilgil sub county in the ongoing Mass voter registration phase 2, the area leaders led by the Gilgil Sub County Deputy County Commissioner, Nakuru Gubernatorial aspirant Lee Kinyanjui, Area MP Nderitu Mathenge, Nominated Senator Martha Wangari ,MCAs and aspirants from the area have vowed to work collectively with administrators to ensure massive voter registration.
Addressing media at the Gilgil Comboni Polytechnique on Saturday after a stakeholders meeting on the same, Gilgil Sub county Deputy Commissioner Muthike Ndambuki lauded the move taken by all the leaders.
E added that they will engage even the Nyumba Kumi stakeholders to ensure the Mass voter registration exercise is successful in Gilgil Sub County.
“Actually the leaders have taken a collective responsibility to mobilize voters at the grassroots level in order to achieve the target for the sub county which is 24,943 at the end of the registration. We will now move house to house to mobilize” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Gilgil MP Nderitu Mathenge who said the move was paramount as Gilgil Sub County did not register a good number in the first one week hence need for mobilization.
The MP also called on fellow politicians to put aside their political interests and focus on the main agenda of mass voter registration.
“As a sub county we did not do well in the first week of the exercise and we felt there is need for mobilization and that is why we had the meeting to strategize. This is not about politics but just to ensure the key agenda of mass voter registration” he said.
On the matter of voter transfer from one polling area to another, the area MP said they had agreed with IEBC to ensure that is done according to their mandate so that no one is locked out in the August polls for not registering.
The legislator said if a mechanism is not reached to ensure that then many voters will be locked out of the August polls an issue he said can be avoided.
“If we cannot address the matter of voter transfer then come August polls some people will be locked out in the whole exercise since they polls will find them in an area they have not registered as voters” said Mathenge.
Nominated Senator Martha Wangari and Gubernatorial Aspirant Lee Kinyanjui who also attended the stakeholders meeting called on Gilgil residents to come out in large numbers and register in order to make decisions comes August polls.
Gilgil sub county had a target of 24,943 new voter registration with the last week registration being at 6,626 new voters registered.