IEBC calls on media to sensitize the public on Mass Voter Registration

Central Rift IEBC Co-coordinator David Towet says any voter can register anywhere as a voter or even transfer but that should be done in line with the law.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Monday during the launch of a stakeholders meeting on sensitization of the ongoing Mass Voter registration phase 2 exercise, Towett reiterated that everyone is free to register anywhere as long as the transfer is done in accordance to the law.

“I want to state here that any Kenya can register anywhere as a voter and therefore the transfer of voter from one area to another should only be done in accordance to the law” said Towett.

He however warned politicians from transferring massive voters from one area to another as this might cause conflict.

The Central Rift IEBC Coordinator also revealed that by Sunday 55,000 voters had been registered in Central Rift.

“As per Yesterday, we had registered 55,000 voters in our Central Rift region and we believe the exercise will go on smoothly” he said.

Meanwhile, IEBC is also partnering with schools to ensure that those in secondary scholls and have not registered are given the opportunity to do so.

He added that every Kenyan of 18 years and above should have National Identification card as well as register as a voter.

“You cannot actually force anyone to vote but what we are saying is that we want to work closely with heads of schools to ensure that those students who have attained 18 years and have no IDs can now get them as well as register as voters” said Towett.

Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha speaking after officially opening the Forum commended the IEBC for the good work in ensuring that the target is met for Nakuru and Central Rift as a region.

Commissioner Nkanatha noted that there has been peace since the exercise started and warned Politicians against interfering with the exercise.

“Ours is to mobilize and we have ordered all those who have not collected their national IDs to come for them so that they can register as voters. We must say the exercise has been smooth and we commend IEBC but also warn politicians who may want to interfere” said Commissioner.

The Forum was also attended by Nakuru Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto who called on Nakuru residents to maintain peace during this campaign period and elect wise leaders ready to serve and develop the county and nation at large.

The one day Stakeholders meeting is meant to sensitize stakeholders on the ongoing Mass voter registration phase 2 exercise and also explore areas of collaboration on Mass Voter registration phase 2.