Turkana County has been ranked first countrywide based on the achievement in the ongoing Voter Registration Exercise.
According to the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Voter Registration Report as by 16th October 2021, which ranked counties based on their achievement, Turkana had managed to register 10,539 new voters out of a target of 62,500, which translated to an achievement percentage of 16.9 Per Cent.
Turkana County Elections Manager, George Oyugi, said though the Commission had made that achievement in Turkana, he noted that poor mobilization and lack of support from leaders, would hamper the efforts to achieve the remaining target.
“I request leaders kindly to come up and mobilize people to registration so that we may be able to register them all for the remaining two weeks, instead of waiting for the last minute rush,” said Oyugi.
The County Elections Manager noted that many people do not have Identity Cards despite having already processed them.
He, therefore, requested the National Registration Bureau in Turkana to dispatch the uncollected Identity Cards to their owners, in order for them to get registered as voters, for the next General Elections in 2022.
The County Elections Boss urged the County leadership to support the Commission in terms of logistics and mobilization of people.
He added that other county governments are working hand in hand with IEBC in terms of logistics and mobilization, the idea he proposed, should be embraced by Turkana County.
“Leaders are not cooperating in mobilizing and sensitizing people, to turn up for the exercise, other counties are going to surpass us,” he lamented.
By Ekuwam Sylvester and Peter Gitonga