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Low Turnout Mars Voter Registration Exercise in Nairobi


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s second phase of mass voter registration exercise kicked off today with a low turnout of people.

A spot check by Ghetto Radio in various polling stations showed idle IEBC registration clerks.

At the Kitisuru Chiefs’ camp the IEBC officials remained dormant for the better part of the day with no one showing up for the exercise.

“The turnout is very poor at Kitisuru chiefs’ camp and we do hope that this will improve as we continue with the registration exercise. We want to ask our leaders to help us reach those who have not registered as voters if we work together then we will achieve our target,” an IEBC official at Kitisuru Chiefs’ Camp told Ghetto Radio News.

Some Kenyans have also expressed concern over frustrations in getting their ID cards for them to register as voters.

Nancy Moraa a resident of Kibagare slums says that despite presenting required documents she was not processed for an ID because she lacked school leaving certificate.

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“They asked me my birthday certificate, and my parents Identification cards which I presented but later I was not processed because of the school leaving certificate. I am asking the government not to make it too hard for us to get an ID,” Moraa said.

“For my case I applied for an ID card in July last year but till now am yet to receive my card…We have been following with Westlands DO’s office for months but am yet to receive it.” Denis Mwangi another Kibagare resident told Ghetto Radio News.

Cidi Otieno Westlands Member of Parliament aspirant on the other hand raised concerns over long distance between the residents and registration centers saying it has also attributed to lower voter turnout.

“The voter registration turnout is a bit low and one of the attribution is that the registration centers are far away from where people live. We have also received complaints from residents that the process of transferring as a voter is quite complex one has to produce a letter from area chief and some incidents issue payment receipts  for the  last six months and you find that some people live without power this is clear suppression,” Otieno said.