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February 20, 2019

Encourage residents to take part in August census – Kega

Kieni MP Kanini Kega has urged politicians to sensitise residents on the importance of participating in the August population census.
The MP said results of the census will be used in boundaries delimitation and resources allocation. Kega spoke at Gatarakwa in his Kieni constituency on Tuesday.
The MP said constituencies are demarcated based on area population and not the number of voters. He told residents to take the exercise seriously.
“During the census, people should go back to their areas so that they can be captured there. You should not remain in Nairobi,” he said.
Kega said Nyeri receives less funding yet it has more people than some counties that get more but have fewer people.
The MP said the biometric system o be used in the census will capture details of each person such as the face, name and fingerprints, making the exercise credible.
“We have put it in law that this year’s census will be done through a biometric system. We saw the exercise in 2009 was a fraud,” he said.
The population of Mt Kenya region was reduced while in some areas such as Northeastern the numbers were increased.
The MP said modern technology allows the census to be extended to give people who may have moved such as pastoralists time to participate.  
His remarks were echoed by Nyeri woman rep Rahab Mukami, Ndaragwa Mp Jeremiah Kioni and Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.
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