Lamu, KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC together with a human rights group have started an aggressive voter registration campaign; to enlighten the public in Lamu on its importance.
North Coast Elections Coordinator Amina Soud said only 1,310 people had so far registered themselves since the exercise began a week ago.
“By week two the turn out was very bad. Lamu West only had 957 while East had only managed 353 persons registered.” Said Soud.
Speaking on Tuesday in Lamu,Soud said there were concerns that the exercise would flop due to the poor turn out but measures have been taken to ensure the voters receive the necessary education.
She said the commission had partnered with Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) to help settle mindsets of the people of Lamu who have long suffered from insecurity amongst other challenges.
“Together with other stakeholders including Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) and local media, we have launched voter education in Lamu this week.We want as many voters as possible to be registered,” said Soud.
Soud also highlighted cases of other voters registering in other counties which has been a challenge to them.
“We have had cases of people being coerced to register in other counties and that was also a concern for us.We know by the end of it all,there will be a change,”said Soud.
Lamu had previously been left out of the recently concluded nationwide mass voter registration owing to a pending court petition challenging Governor Issa Timamy’s election into office.