As the independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC continues with the voter registration exercise in the country, Nubians community residing in Kibra Nairobi now say they have been left out in the exercise.
According to Nubians Rights Forum chairman Shaffi Hussein Ali a huge number of Nubians in Makina area cannot participate because they do not have Identification Cards.
“We believe that the voter registration exercise is a democratic process anchored in law and that everyone should participate in the exercise …Nubians in Kibra do not have that opportunity because a huge number lacks Identification Cards. We have talked and sung this song but government is not doing enough to address the situation,” Shaffi said.
“I am 30 years old I have been vetted 3 times at the Deputy County Commissioner’s office in Kibra so that I can be cleared for the ID issuance but to date I have none. The officers are reluctant in processing the same,’’ Hussein told Ghetto Radio News.
Shafi warns that should the trend continue then many will not have a chance to vote come 2022 General Elections.
“This is something that is serious and should be addressed promptly ..the government must not discriminate the Nubians tribe in issuance of IDs because it’s our fundamental and democratic right,” Shaffi added.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says there has been a low turnout on the continuous voter listing currently underway after it registered about 202,518 new voters against a weekly target of 1.5 million. In a statement, the electoral body’s chairman Wafula Chebukati attributed the low turn out to general voter apathy, Insecurity and lack of IDs.
Chebukati explained that in some cases, those aged 18 years and above lacked National Identity Cards that are hindering them from registering as voters.
“The Commission shall continue to explore solutions to these identified challenges in collaboration with all stakeholders in the electoral process,” he said.
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By Allan Otieno