The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Tana IDPs Plea On Poll Register

Tana Delta residents are now calling on the government to extend the voter registration period. Issa Kofa a resident said if IEBC is going to take only 30 days, many people from the area are going to be locked out of the registration period because most of them are still displaced.

"Not all the people have returned to their homes. People in Chamwanamuma, Ozi and Riketa areas which were the most affected have not returned home," said Tofa.

He said the turn out in most areas is low and asked IEBC to consider extending the time. Tofa said he feared most of the residents may not vote.

"You know most people fled during the clashes and some will not return as they fear the presence of the GSU," said Tofa.

He said many of them chose to remain in the IDP camps. Kofa, who is peace facilitator called on the IEBC to introduce a mobile registration centre to serve the people in the camps. He said many of the youths did not have IDs.

"We are requesting the commission to introduce a mobile registration centre which will enable people scattered all over to be registered. IEBC has done it more hard to indicate that you cannot be registered elsewhere and vote in a certain polling station," he posed.

"What we are requesting is that let them at least review this for those people who have been affected by violence and are now IDPs. If they do this they will give all Kenyans an equal chance to participate in the forth coming historical elections," he added.

"Many youths here have not been up todate been given IDs simply because of a lot of vetting processes to ascertain if they are Kenyans. We are overseeing many youths not participating in elections because of this," he said.

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