Posted: December 11, 2012 in Politics/Current issues

A report released yesterday by the Interim IEBC on the progress of the voter registration process revealed a very shocking state of affairs.  With only less than a week to go, only 8.6 million people have registered as voters representing a slightly fewer than 50 per cent of the 18 million Kenyans targeted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The figures presented by the commission indicated that voter apathy is still high in most parts of the country. This means most Kenyans have little if no concern on the reason why they should register a voters, or is it what we are used to where Kenyans like doing things on the eleventh hour. This should leave the IEBC and the political class a very worried lot. The commission is doing all it can to encourage Kenyans to register as voters through short text messages and awareness, the politicians have also expressed concern on the low voter turnout and are also encouraging people turn out and vote.
The task now remains with the IEBC to address the issue of voter apathy, which has been labelled as the main reason for the low turnout. The commission should intensify its efforts to ensure it reaches its 18 million target. Isaack Hassan also fingered delays in issuance of national Identity Cards for the low numbers. So many identify cards are still lying in government offices yet to be collected.
The March 2013 elections is going to be one of the competitive and biggest in the history of our country and for it to be successful, the Kenyan electorate should come out and register in this remaining week. Already, the commission has indicated it will not extend the registration process; they should therefore make use of these few remaining days.
Leading the pack of the top 10 counties in voter registration are Nairobi, Kiambu, Lamu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kajiado, Kisumu, Nyandarua, Siaya and Kirinyaga. The rest of the counties At the bottom are Uasin Gishu, Isiolo, Marsabit, Kwale, Trans Nzoia, Garissa, West Pokot, Wajir, Turkana and Mandera all presenting a very low voter registration turnout.
Kenyans should realize that your vote is your future and it is the only way we can be able to get rid of the current bad woes and bad leadership in our country.
Nixon Kanali, Nairobi
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