, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – As the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Wednesday expressed concern over low voter registration turnout, Jubilee and opposition leaders led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga prepared for a full throttle mobilisation of the yet untapped voting reserves ahead of the August polls.
The leaders begin the drives in their perceived strongholds with President Kenyatta set to start the push in Muranga, Nyeri, Meru, Laikipia and Kirinyaga as Odinga rallies the electorate in Nyanza, Western and the Coast region.
“This is a fight that can only be won at the ballot so we need to adopt a polling station and ensure all our supporters are enabled to vote,” Odinga said on Monday.
Given the ‘tyranny of numbers’ stratagem that was credited for Jubilee’s win in 2013, the opposition is keen not to repeat the same mistakes of the election past; complacency.
On Friday, the President will be in Nyeri County, and is expected to visit Kiamariga, Kaburuini, Kawarigi, Karatina, Ichamara, Kiandu, Nyeri Town, King’ong’o, Kiganjo and Chaka.
According to communication from State House, the President would be heading to Meru, Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties from Monday on the voter registration drive.
The Deputy President on the other hand was from Thursday through to Wednesday to head to Narok, Kuria, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Baringo, Eldoret, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, Bungoma and Nakuru.