Political leaders in Nyanza have been told to focus on mobilizing local residents to register as voters.
Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti said there are many people who have not registered as voters in the region and need to be sensitized to do so.
Speaking Sunday during the burial of Mama Serifina Okoth Oriko, the Governor said registration of residents as voters will enhance ODM leader Raila Odinga’s chances of becoming the next president.
Awiti who was accompanied by his Deputy Hamilton Orata told all aspirants and elected leaders in the region to focus on the bigger picture which is Raila’s presidency.
He argued that Raila’s chances of winning the election can only be enhanced if more residents are registered for national identity and voter’s cards.
“Let us focus on the presidential race because it is the ultimate prize in competitive politics,” said Awiti.
The Deputy Governor argued that there are people who become so confident over Raila’s win that they assume he can win even without their vote.
“This euphoria prevents some people from voting hence it hampers our efforts in achieving the desired objective,” Orata said.
Former legislator Oyugi Magwanga and the County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe echoed the sentiments saying there are many youths who have not registered as voters
Magwanga told elected leaders in the area to stop early campaigns and focus on voter registering.
“It is not yet campaign time hence we should shelve our personal interests and mobilize residents for the national identity and voter registration cards,” Magwanga said.
Ogwe told veteran politicians from the region to stop concentrating on county seats arguing they should help Raila in seeking votes outside Nyanza region.
“It is unfortunate that those who are supposed to be Raila’s foot soldiers are concentrating in counties that they are eyeing gubernatorial positions instead of nationwide support for Raila,” Ogwe said.