EDITORIAL

LEADER: It is your civic duty to register, vote

The apathy is worrying and as they say, bad officials are elected by good citizens who don't vote

In Summary

• Kenyans have a peculiar habit of always doing things at the last minute and asking for extensions.

• They rarely seize the moment but instead wait to be coaxed, threatened or induced.

A youth registers as a voter in Muhuru Bay ward, Nyatike constituency
VOTER APATHY A youth registers as a voter in Muhuru Bay ward, Nyatike constituency
Image: MANUEL ODENY

The nationwide voter registration ends tomorrow but the numbers so far are disappointing.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had set a target of seven million voters in the 30-day exercise but by the last count, it had registered just above 700,000.

This is a mere 10 per cent, which is very poor.

IEBC officials have dutifully availed themselves daily since the exercise started but eligible voters are not just turning up.

The apathy is worrying and as they say, bad officials are elected by good citizens who don't vote.

To quote Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of Children’s Defense Fund, "Democracy is not a spectator sport".

As a citizen, it is your civic responsibility to vote. It gives you an opportunity to  put in office leaders leaders who you believe can meet your aspirations.

Elections do not just offer you a constitutional right, but gives you the responsibility to be an employer of leaders right from the MCA to the President. It is a rare opportunity that comes after every five years.

Kenyans have a peculiar habit of always doing things at the last minute and asking for extensions. They rarely seize the moment but instead wait to be coaxed, threatened or induced.

Let us arm ourselves with voters cards and be ready to elect leaders of our choice come August next year.