More civic education on voting needed, NGOs say

July 19, 2017 4:42 pm
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According to a survey conducted by Ipsos Synovate Kenya, most people still don’t have civic knowledge and this aaffects participation in democratic processes/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – The Council of Non-Governmental Organisations has urged the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission to conduct civic education as the Election Day draws closer.

The Vice Chairman of the Council Reverend Hilda Ogalo has noted that voting materials for some seats have already arrived and yet most people still don’t know how to vote, with the election less than three weeks away.

“We have old people, we have blind people and the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission should not waste time in the courts. I have noted that election materials for some seats have already arrived therefore they should train the election coordinators and Kenyans on how to vote,” said Hilda.

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos Synovate Kenya, most people still don’t have civic knowledge and this affects participation in democratic processes.

The Council’s Chairman Stephen Cheboi assured that they will remain non-partisan throughout the election period.

“We fully support free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. We ask Kenyans and stakeholders not to erect roadblocks towards the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission’s preparations,” said Cheboi.

He went ahead to urge those seeking elective posts to accept the election results to save the country from chaos.

“We urge candidates and parties to continue championing for peace in the remaining few weeks before, during and after the elections. We also ask them to accept the election results,” added Cheboi.

The council has expressed gratitude to religious groups that have been holding various meetings that have been at the forefront to in calling for peaceful elections.

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