Basuba residents express fear of missing out on voter registration

Basuba residents express fear of missing out on voter registration

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IEBC officials register a voter in one of the registration centers . PHOTO:FILE

Lamu, KENYA: Residents of terror prone Basuba location in Lamu have called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC to ensure they are registered as voters.

This comes amidst security concerns and fears that the residents might miss out on the ongoing voter registration exercise that has entered its second week in Lamu.

The exercise has entered its second week with Basuba missing out already.

According to the last 2013 general election report,Basuba ward has about 500 legible voters.

The locals said it would be unfair for them to miss out on the exercise since the concerned officers were reluctant to enter the area that has been marred with constant Alshabaab raids.

They have appealed to the IEBC to employ alternative measures that will enable them to be part of the voter registration exercise.

According to Basuba senior Chief Yusuf Nuri,the security of the region has improved greatly since the start of the Linda Boni Security operation on September 11,2015.

Nuri said it was unfair and unfortunate that the area is missing out on crucial services yet security wasn’t that bad.

Children from Basuba missed out on the recently concluded Polio Vaccination exercise and locals are now worried that the same might happen for the voter registration exercise.

“Our children missed the Polio Vaccine and they said it was due to insecurity. Now we clearly see that we might also miss out on the voter registration for similar excuses.,”said Nuri.

He said there is need for them to register so that they can partake in the forthcoming 2017 general elections.

Basuba is home to the marginalized Boni community with the chief saying,they could be missing out on crucial services due to the marginalization.

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The IEBC North Coast Coordinator Amina Souid said plans were underway to ensure Basuba people are also registered as voters.

“We have met and discussed with the county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri over the security of my officers and as it is,officers are on their way to register voters in Basuba.That shouldn’t be a problem,”said Soud.
The exercise comes to an end on May 17 this year.

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