News Hub Creator 10/12/2021
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Deputy President William Ruto's strongholds lead in the number of registered voters for the first time compared to the target population. This is evident in the growing fear of the low turnout nationally which according to leaked details marks the possibility of Kenyans boycotting next year's elections out of frustration following false promises by politicians.
Since the new voter registration started last week, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it has managed to register only 202,518 people nationally. This number is too small, considering that it is barely 13.5 percent of the 1.5 million people that IEBC targeted to register for the first seven days, beginning from October 4.
A statement issued yesterday by the commission clearly shows that the counties where DP Ruto has the highest support, especially in the Rift Valley region, are the top 10 in terms of turn out for the new voter registration process. The strongholds of his rivals, who are expected to compete for the presidency next year, including ODM leader Raila Odinga, were missing from the list.
Samburu County led by eight percent registration compared to the targeted number of voters in the first week, followed by Elgeyo Marakwet and Wajir with seven percent, while West Pokot, Mandera, Baringo and Nandi counties accounted for six percent each. Narok, Turkana and Tana River counties closed the list of the 10 counties that registered the largest number of new voters where each county acquired 5 percent of the targeted number of voters. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
All of the counties in the Mt Kenya Region, which are targeted by the potential presidential candidates, are among the counties that attained the lowest number of new registered voters. Kirinyaga and Murang'a counties registered only 2 percent of the targeted voters while Nyandarua, Nyeri and Kiambu registered only one percent. Other counties that registered a low turnout for voter registration include Mombasa, Nairobi, Embu, Laikipia and Kitui counties which registered only 2 percent of the expected number of new voters. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Apart from reluctance by citizens to register as voters, other challenges that have led to the low turnout include insecurity especially in places like Laikipia among other conflict-prone areas. More details cites that a large number of young people lack National Identity cards.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, said that people may be boycotting the voter registration process as a way of expressing their anger to the government for ignoring their problems and as a result of many issues affecting citizens. "Let's ask ourselves why are people not turning out for this activity. Is it because the government has abandoned the people so much?" Speaker Muturi said in a speech at Athiru Gaiti School. Similar fears were expressed by Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Igembe North Member of Parliament Hon. Maoka Maore on separate occasions.
In Nyanza Region which is Raila Odinga's main political stronghold, leaders and supporters have urged young people to register, especially after the former prime minister said that his decision to run for the presidency would depend on whether people will register as voters. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.