29 November 2012

Kenya: Local Leaders Should Push Voter Enrolment

Kenyans living in East African countries will have a chance to vote in the forthcoming general election after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries ... ( Resource: Kenyans in East Africa Allowed to Vote )


By last week, only 228,000 voters had registered at the Coast. In Kenya as a whole, only 2.8 million had registered, 25 per cent below the target of 3.7 million. There is no need to panic. There is always a tendency for people to rush to register in the final days. The pace will undoubtedly pick up.

There are 15,000 kits across the country so each registration centre only needs to process 50 people per day to reach the 18 million target.

Nevertheless there is no room for complacency. The sooner people register, the better. March 4 will probably be the most critical election in Kenya's history. It will define the future of Kenya in many ways.

Various candidates have been pushing their supporters to register. That is the right thing to do. It is the duty of all Kenyans to exercise their democratic right to vote.

But it should not just be politicians encouraging their people to vote. Local leaders should follow the Mijikenda example and get their communities to register en masse.

Quote of the day: "Money is like manure. It stinks when you pile it, it grows when you spread it." - Indian industrialist JRD Tata died on November 29, 1993

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