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IEBC official states leaders should assist in voter registration drive

Local leaders should help in educating unregistered voters on the importance of their votes before the end of the Independent and Electoral Commission 30 days’ registration target.

Lugari Constituency IEBC coordinator, Japheth Lagat, while speaking at IEBC office in Lumakanda town said leaders and other opinion leaders should a play key role in meeting a target of 17,664 unregistered voters in constituency wards of Lugari, Lumakanda, Mautuma, Lwandeti and Chevaywa.

Lagat revealed that registering officers would be moving into every 92-polling station in the constituency so that all unregistered voters get an opportunity to do so.

He noted that Frank and Tekoa polling stations in Lugari and Lumakanda wards respectively were new polling stations that were created to ease voting congestion in those wards.

“Voters in Lugari and Lumakanda wards should note that we have new polling stations for Frank and Tekoa respectively,” the IEBC coordinator said.

Lagat expressed confidence that the three registration kits in every ward would be enough to complete the 30 days exercise without difficulties.

“Today, first day, we have managed to address the kits’ challenges of low battery and I can now assure all kits are working in every ward,” he said. Registration will be available from 8 in the morning to 5:00 pm every day.

According to IEBC records, Lugari Constituency had 77,001 voters as per last 2017 general elections and they were expected to be over 90,000 if the exercise meets the projected target.

Lagat said registering IEBC officers in every ward have a specific target number of registered voters and everyone with an Identity Card is eligible for registration.

By Geoffrey Satia

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