IIEC woos more Kenyan voters

April 21, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – The Interim Independent Commission (IIEC) will on Thursday register eligible voters at International  House on Mama Ngina Street.

Nairobi Regional Elections Coordinator Ruth Kulundu told Capital News that moving door-to-door was one of the strategies IIEC was using to reach out to more people.

“We have decided to move from door-to-door to where people are, that’s why we are actually coming to International House,” she said.

She said registration would open at 8am and close after the last person has been listed.

Ms Kulundu attributed the low uptake to voter apathy which she said IIEC had noticed in several cases based on the happenings of the post election violence and general reluctance due to assumption that registration takes a long time.

She however said: “It only takes about five minutes, so people should know they will not waste a lot of time.”

She said the IIEC officers would move to many other buildings and public places to close the distance and also save on time people are using to walk to the registration centers.

She urged people to show up for the registration to ensure they participate in the expected referendum and especially encouraged women and young people to register saying that most of them have not embraced the exercise.

IIEC Chairman Issack Hassan announced that about seven million people had so far registered.

Ms Kulundu said the numbers will shoot even higher with the door-to-door voter registration exercise.


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