IEBC should extend voter registration exercise, says Kalonzo


Nairobi, KENYA: Wiper party has called on the electoral body IEBC to consider a possibility of extending the ongoing voter registration exercise .

In a media briefing at party headquarters in Nairobi after the party’s National Executive council meeting,party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said that there is need for IEBC to extend the exercise to avert instances of locking out people who have not yet collected their national identity cards from Huduma centres.

Kalonzo said that by doing so many Kenyans will not be denied a right to vote in the upcoming general elections.

“When we met IEBC , at the NASA secretariat ,we pressed upon them on the need to consider extension in the light of numerous views ,many people are still waiting to be given their ids , I witnessed this in Mtito Andei, I asked how many people did not have Ids I was shocked ,this is very important so that they don’t end up disenfranchised.”Kalonzo said.

On the other hand, the party’s secretary general Omar Hassan urged IEBC to clean up voter register to rectify any anomalies.

He urged the government to fast track issuance of identity cards which will enable citizens to register and execute their right of voting in August 8 polls.

“Our supporters are queuing to get identity cards in our strong holds ,we are asking for speed issuance of these identity cards so that our supporters across the country can be able to register to vote.”Omar said.

He dispelled allegations that there is a rift within the party concerning some powerful members of the party who allegedly want direct nominations .

Consequently, the party urged the government to withdraw its defense forces from Somalia and enable other countries help enhance security in Somalia.

The party argued that Kenya’s mission of entering Somalia has been unachievable adding that Kenya security should be enhanced a long the Kenyan Somalia border.