Joho calls on Raila supporters to register in large numbers

DOOR-TO-DOOR: Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Photo/ELKANA JACOB
DOOR-TO-DOOR: Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Photo/ELKANA JACOB

ODM yesterday asked party supporters to turn out in large numbers for voter registration.

The opposition party has been complaining that the number of biometric voter registration kits are too few. But yesterday ODM Deputy Party Leader Hassan Joho told the supporters to ensure they register as voters using the very few machines.

The party also instructed all its grassroots leaders to take charge of the countrywide voter registration exercise that starts on Monday.

"To all ODM party officials at the grassroots, this is a call to duty. Your party and your nation need you. Identify our people who have not registered and then ensure they register," Joho said at a Press conference at Raila's Capital Hill office.

ODM Deputy Party Leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said the officials will be responsible for their own areas of jurisdiction to ensure maximum turnout.

There are 1,450 county wards in the country and IEBC targets to net some four million new voters during the month-long exercise, a figure that would boost the voters’ register to 22 million.

"As a party we have a lot of misgivings on IEBC and its preparations for this exercise, we would have preferred that all poling stations be used as registration centers and be provided with BVR kits," He added.

Every effort is being made to ensure we do not fall into their trap of not registering, Joho said.

"The unyielding and untiring supporters of Raila Odinga, ODM and CORD, go out and register on Monday. Our officials have instructions to report to duty and take the campaign door to door," he said.

Joho was accompanied by Kilifi Women Representative Aisha Jumwa and Kilifi governor Amason Kingi.

Joho said ODM is banking on the youth as critical in the coming election and must be allowed to "have a say on how their country is governed".

"Yes they stole our victory again using state machinery in 2013, it will not happen again. We repeat Raila's assurance that we will not come to you saying our votes have been stolen," Joho said.