Mombasa, KENYA: The electoral and boundaries commission IEBC has expressed concern over increased cases of voter’s asking for transfers of their voting centers, especial in the Coast Region.
Addressing the press on Monday, IEBC south coast coordinator Gogo Nguma said they have received a lot of applications, in some cases, of people asking to transfer from one county to another.
Nguma cautioned this behavior saying it deprived citizens their rights of electing their real leaders.
Mr. Nguma blamed this on politicians aspiring to vie for elective posts in the coming general elections, for transporting voters to areas where they will vie for the posts, so as to get more voters.
“That trend does not look like it is normal. We want to talk to the electorate to encourage them to register where they are residents so that they can choose leaders who will affect their lives, rather than electing leaders who will not help them.” said Ngoma.
The IEBC Coordinator also raised an alarm on the low turn out in the ongoing voter registration in the three south coast counties i.e. Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta.
However, he expressed hope that as days goes by the numbers will improve.