High voter apathy recorded in Lamu as Timamy urges locals to register


Lamu, KENYA: Lamu Governor Issa Timamy has urged locals to take advantage of the last minute rush and come out in large numbers to register as voters.

According to IEBC the exercise is expected to end on February 14 this year.

Voter apathy has highly been recorded in many registration centers in Lamu with many locals interviewed giving flimsy excuses for not registering as voters this.

Lamu East sub county is especially worst affected with many locals claiming they have nothing much to look forward to at the ballot.

“This time round many people haven’t really turned up to register like in the previous years.I think it’s because people are tired of leaders pledging lies and never doing anything at the end. We know they want us to register but we don’t really see the need. We would rather spend time doing something that will benefit our lives instead,” said Muhammed Shekuee of Siyu in Lamu East.

Governor Timamy has however urged those who haven’t registered to come out and so saying it was their only guarantee to the change they want.

Speaking in Lamu,Timamy said by registering as voters,they not only exercise their democratic right but also get the right to push for the agendas they want and that failure to register as voters translates to failure to make the much needed changes.

“Am appealing to people to come out and register as voters the deadline is almost due and it will be such a shame is someone gets locked out of such a life changing exercise.people must know that your vote is the only gate pass to the future and the dreams we all want.lets stop giving excuses and register to vote when election time comes,” said Timamy.

This is the last week of the voter registration exercise which is intended to end on February 14.