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Over 21, 000 new voters registered in Narok County

About 21, 600 new voters have been registered in Narok County since the Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) exercise was launched in the country three weeks ago.

Speaking during a fact-finding mission in Narok County, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioner, Francis Wanderi, said the exercise will not be extended after the November 2 deadline hence calling on the young people to volunteer and register in large numbers now when the chance is still there.

Wanderi who spoke after visiting various registration centers in the County, said the IEBC registration clerks had stationed themselves in highly populated areas among them high learning institutions, where the population of young people is high.

“The students registering at the high institution registration centers will give details of their preferred wards and constituencies where they wish to vote since most of the learners come from other counties,” he said.

The County Election Manager, Anastasia Mutua and Narok North Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner, Mutuku Mwenga, accompanied the IEBC Commissioner.

Ms Mutua lauded the residents of Narok West Constituency for registering in large numbers despite the heavy downpour being experienced in most parts of the County.

“We appreciate that there are many challenges being faced by our clerks on the ground, but we are happy that we are getting a huge number of people registering,” said Ms Mutua.

Narok County targets to register over 78, 000 new voters to boost the current 340, 000 already registered voters.

So far, Narok West Constituency that is mostly dominated by the Kipsigis and Maasai communities, is leading in new voter registration seconded by Narok South Constituency that has  4, 721 new voters.

Others are Emurrua Dikirr 3,996, Narok North 3,848, Kilgoris 3,117 and Narok East 1,739 new voters.

Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai, has also called on young people who have not registered to volunteer to register before the exercise closes in a week’s time.

Tunai, who spoke during a church fund drive, reminded the young people that the only way to exercise their democratic right of electing credible leaders is by registering as voters as early as now.

By Ann Salaton

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