The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Eldoret Youth in Voter Registration Drive

A group of youth in Rift Valley yesterday launched a campaign to mobilise residents to register as voters.

The youth, who carried out street campaigns in Eldoret, asked the government to improve the security around the country ahead of the general elections.

"We want people to register as voters...the government should ensure we have peace as we approach the March 4 elections," said Shilla Kosgey, the group's leader.

Meanwhile, some of the youth have resolved to reject the planned alliance between Eldoret North MP William Ruto's URP and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA.

The youth, who met at the Eldoret Town Hall, protested against the alliance and resolved to instead back Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the presidency.

The more than 500 youth carried placards with writings warning Ruto that he will be on his own if he decides to enter into an alliance with TNA.

The messages on the placards were written in Kalenjin language. "We have not been consulted by Ruto and his group and we will not allow him to dictate us on where to support," said Kosgey.

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