30-DAY EXERCISE

Low registration in Emuhaya, Milemba deplores apathy

IEBC has only registered 1,500 new voters in the constituency compared to a target of 9,000

In Summary

•Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was targeting to register four million new voters countrywide within October.

•However, in two weeks they have listed 491,968 new voters.

Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba addressing Emuhaya residents at the CDF offices in Emuhaya.
30-DAY EXERCISE: Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba addressing Emuhaya residents at the CDF offices in Emuhaya.
Image: MARTIN OMBIMA

Voter Registration turnout is low in Vihiga and political leaders are saying at this rate they won't be able to get a candidate into State House.

Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba on Monday decried the low number of people turning out to register.

IEBC returning officer Salim Abdalla said they have registered only 1,500 new voters compared to a target of 9,000 in Emuhaya since the exercise started on October 4. 

Vihiga county presiding officer Jacky Osiemo said the commission targets to register 63,986 new voters but have so far enlisted 8,227.

Milemba said with the low voter listing, they will not strike a political deal to propel ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi to State House.

“We cannot make any political deal with scattered votes. It's time we organise ourselves for our benefit,” he said

He spoke at the CDF offices.

Milemba urged the local administration to continue mobilising the public to register.

He said people are still waiting for the last-minute rush to register, which will hamper the process.

“Western people will have the power to negotiate on the high table the day they will learn to drop their votes in one basket,” Milemba said.

“We can’t say we are going to elect Mudavadi as the next president when we can’t put our votes together, we must first learn that as a community.”

The voter registration exercise started on October 4.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was targeting to register four million new voters countrywide within October.

However, in two weeks they have listed only 491,968 new voters. That's only 15.47 per cent of the targeted voters.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said within two weeks, the commission received and serviced 49,656 transfer requests.

“Voter transfer requests will continue being serviced at their constituency of preference,” Chebukati said.

“The kits at the Huduma Centres have been opened to facilitate registration of new voters to any registration centre or polling station of their choice.”

Chebukati said the registration kits will be available on all campuses and other institutions of higher learning to register eligible voters in schools.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris