Published On: Wed, Nov 21st, 2012

Voter Registration Call-out

 IEBC is calling on flower farm Owners in Naivasha to allow their close to half a million Kenyan workers to register in the ongoing exercise across the country.

This came about after it emerged that many of the workers could be locked out due to the long hours they worked.

The electoral body wants the workers to be given a chance to register on shift basis so as to enable them to exercise their constitutional rights in the forthcoming general elections.

According to the Naivasha IEBC constituency coordinator Ms Mildred Wachiye, they were planning to do a letter to the flower farmers on the matter.

She expressed her concern that many of the workers were leaving their place of work very late making it hard to register.

“We are concerned by the high number of flower workers who have not registered, although its still early and we call on their bosses to allow them time to register on shift basis,” she said.

Ms Wachiye who spoke from her office in Naivasha noted that the number of interested voters had surpassed their projection target.

According to her, IEBC had set a target of 50 voters in every polling station per day but in some stations there were recording over 100 people.

“We have 85 BVR kits in Naivasha and by the end of the second day we had registered over 4,000 voters in this constituency,” she said.

Wachiye termed the ongoing exercise as smooth apart from few logistical problems which were being addressed as the registration continued.

On the issue of inmates registering as voters, Wachiye said that the matter was still under review and the office was awaiting communication from Headquarters.

“We have not received any directive on the registration of inmates and we shall only act in accordance with the directives!” she said.

A visit to various registration centers noted long queues with the limited number of registration materials continuing to hamper the exercise. (by Wesley Gichugu)





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