Struggler Movement Petitions IEBC, Parliament Over Extension of Voter Registration
The struggler Movement has now written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and IEBC demanding an extension of the ongoing voter registration exercise.
According to Struggler Movement Founder Julius Owino Majimaji many have not been registered due to various factors which include lack of civic education.
Majimaji says that the commission has indicated its desire to extend the exercise but lacks necessary funds.
“We have talked with the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati about this is issue and what is coming out is that the Commission lacks enough budget to conduct the voter registration exercise,” Majimaji said
From IEBC, the movement took the petition to parliament which was received by Westlands Member of Parliament Tim Wanyonyi.
“We are happy, parliament now has our ears and we have presented this petition to Hon. Wanyonyi. We must work together to ensure that the targeted young voters are all registered before the February deadline. There is willingness from many people to help but the challenge remains the fundin,” Majimaji said.
Wanyonyi has supported calls by the Struggler Movement to extend the ongoing mass voter registration exercise.
Wanyonyi who is also eyeing the Nairobi Governor’s seat says the extension by one month would be appropriate.
He called on the National Assembly to expedite the approval of the additional IEBC budget so as to enable the commission achieve its set target.
“We know that the registration period ends in February next year and that means we have three more months to register more people,” Wanyonyi said on Friday, October 29 in Nairobi while receiving a petition from members of the civil society.
The IEBC has only registered 800,000 people from the targeted 6 million and it has decried lack of funding for the exercise.
The commission requires KSh. 40 billion to conduct the election but was cut by parliament.
According to Wanyonyi, the exercise must be done conclusively to avoid possible court battles and the possibility of enduring a bungled election.
By Allan Otieno
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