2022 POLL

Voters apathy in Siaya as Ugunja, Ugenya record least voters

IEBC is targeting 105,378 new voters in Siaya County.

In Summary

• Bondo constituency is leading in the county with 3,911 new voters, followed by Alego Usonga with 2875 new voters, third is Gem with 2339 new voters, Forth Rarieda constituency with 1904 new voters, fifth Ugenya with 1766 new voters and Ugunja constituency has 1513 new voters as per the records of Tuesday.

• IEBC is targeting 105,378 new voters in Siaya County.

IEBC officials relaxing at their working station as there no voters to be registered.
Siaya IEBC officials relaxing at their working station as there no voters to be registered.
Image: Martin Ombima

Voter​​ registration turnout in Siaya County worries the Independent Election and Boundary commission (IEBC) officials.

Siaya County IEBC returning officer Ruth Kulundu said with the ongoing registration across the county the turnout is still low as compared to 2019 population census.

“2019 population census Siaya County had 999,184 with 459,362 registered voters across the county,” Kulundu said.

“So with that population in the 2022 general election we are expecting to have 629,326 active voters,” she added.

Kulundu said they are targeting 105,378 new voters at the end of the exercise with 3,513 new voters per day across the county.

She said they have already registered 14,308 new voters across the county with Bondo constituency taking the lead.

“Bondo constituency is leading in the county with 3,911 new voters, followed by Alego Usonga with 2875 new voters, third is Gem with 2339 new voters, Forth Rarieda constituency with 1904 new voters, fifth Ugenya with 1766 new voters and Ugunja constituency has 1513 new voters as per the records of Tuesday,” Kulundu said.

She said the county has also done 2406 transfers with Bondo topping the list with 964 and Ugenya being the least with 140.

She said they expected figures to increase though they might not meet the target set by IEBC.

“Siaya County received about 100,000 new ID cards but among those new IDs some are not permanent residents here so the possibility of them shifting is high, and others are learners within our institutions. Also the probability of them shifting is high once the institution closes,” she said.

Speaking to Simiyu Nandoha IEBC Returning Officer Alego Usonga said the local administration has been so cooperative in popularizing the process.

“Even our local leaders from Governor, Mps and MCAs are also reaching the people in remote areas to come and register, though figures are still low,” Nandoha said.

“But if we could have increased the manpower maybe we could have done better but the commission has no enough money for more clerks,” he added

 

Edited by S. Maombo