Voter turnout key in determining next Kenya President

July 28, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 5:49 pm
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Political Scientist and a University of Nairobi lecturer, Peter Wanyande believes that the issue of voter turnout plays a very critical part in determining the outcome of the elections/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 28 – With just 10 days to the elections, politicians have stepped up their campaigns in an effort to enrich their vote basket.

It is a make or break period that has seen many political players traverse different parts of the country and carefully craft their campaign messages to perfectly fit and lure the electorate to vote in their favour.

If recent findings by the two leading opinion pollsters, Infotrak and Ipsos are anything to go by, the presidential race is poised to be a two horse race pitting the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta and his main rival, Raila Odinga, undoubtedly a replica of the 2013 General Election.

Political Scientist and a University of Nairobi lecturer, Peter Wanyande believes that the issue of voter turnout plays a very critical part in determining the outcome of the elections.

“Depending on the voter turnout, one party may win or lose and that is why it is extremely very important that the political leaders urge their supporters to come out in large numbers to vote on the 8th of August,” said Wanyande.

Speaking to Capital FM News in an interview, Wanyande said that the politicians need to explore all avenues to ensure that their supporters show up in large numbers on the voting day if at all they wish to emerge victors.

“The politicians should go an extra mile in facilitating ways and means by which their supporters will show up to vote in their respective polling stations like providing means of transport, doing so will be the ultimate game changer,” said Wanyande.

Insecurity, the high cost of living, corruption and the issue of devolution are some of the issues that Wanyande believes will change the dynamics of the elections if properly addressed.

He pointed out that it is very necessary that the politicians get to address the real issues that affect the electorate directly adding that they should sound realistic and achievable when communicating the same.

“Insecurity is a major problem in this country. In other developed democracies, when one citizen dies it is taken very seriously, as country we are doing very poor and the leaders need to address this issue very seriously if at all they wish to win the hearts of Kenyans,” said Wanyande.

The high cost of living is another very critical issue that can easily sway voters if properly addressed.

Wanyande believes that Kenyans want to be assured that they can be able to access the basic commodities.

“People in the villages cannot afford to buy basic commodities like food, can you really convince a hungry person to vote for you and yet they lack food on their table?” asked Wanyande. “The people need to be convinced that food will be accessible, that is what they want to hear,” he said.

The University of Nairobi lecturer said that as the election date approaches, politicians need to identify their strongholds and solidify support in those areas fully.

“Those regions perceived to be strongholds should be visited regularly, but for now it is a wait and see situation but all we hope for is for peaceful election,” said Wanyande.

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