The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nandi County aims to register elderly and People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) on the ongoing enhanced continuous voters’ registration which began on 17th of January.
According to Nandi County IEBC election coordinator Ms Catherine Bulinda, the Commission intends to put more emphasis on youths who recently acquired the Identification Card (ID), the elderly and disable persons.
Speaking at Kapsabet town after assessing the registration exercise in the County, Bulinda stated that they have enlisted voter educators to mob the above category of people to come out and register to achieve the target.
“So far, we have registered 1800 voters which was a low turnout attributed to poor weather experienced in the last two days. The clerks couldn’t reach out to the centres in good time,” noted Bulinda.
The election coordinator said they have liaised with local administrators to identify and mobilise the PWDs and the elderly so that the registration clerks can reach out to them for registration.
Bulinda further called upon the caretakers of the vulnerable groups to ensure they get registered for them to participate in the coming general elections.
Emgwen Constituency Election Coordinator Mr Rajab Barasa said that the registrations mainly target youths that were recently issued with IDs adding that they are intensifying the exercise to the Wards’ level.
Barasa called upon stakeholders, politicians and general public to mobilise those who have not registered to come out and exercise their democratic rights as stipulated by the Kenyan constitution.
“IEBC has been conducting continuous voter registration however most people have not been able to reach our offices therefore we have made a deliberate effort to go to the ward level and reach to the general public,” stated Barasa.
The Commission targets to register a total of 68,000 new voters in the six constituencies which include Emgwen, Nandi hills, Tinderet, Aldai, Mosop and Chesumei.
The constituency coordinator encouraged locals to visit Wards offices, Constituency offices, County offices, Huduma centre and the 93 registration centres for registration.