The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to launch a mass voter registration in the country commencing 4th October this year to ensure that Kenyans exercise their democratic right of voting in the forthcoming 2022 General Election.
In Kakamega, the Commission targets to register 1,023,293 persons by 2022 and to achieve that they have to register at least 171,346 persons this year.
The County Elections Manager Grace Rono speaking during a meeting with stakeholders from various departments called on area residents to turn out and register as voters during the one-month exercise.
“There are three registration kits per ward and we urge residents to come out and register so that we can reach our target,” she said. “We hope that the chiefs and residents will help us keep them secure,” she added.
But as the exercise is set to start, some people living with disability have expressed concern that they might not get to registration stations due to lack of wheelchairs while the blind will require assistance.
Bryson Musebe who represented the disabled community in a meeting held at the Kakamega IEBC headquarters asked the electoral officials to be more helpful and understanding while dealing with the disabled persons when the process starts.
The IEBC manager called upon all the disabled persons in Kakamega County to come out in large numbers and register as voters.
She also called on those wishing to change their polling stations to do so during this period and called on politicians to help sensitize the residents to register as voters.
By Cynthia Kerubo