The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Eastern PC Urges Youth to Register

YOUNG people will have themselves to blame if they fail to register as voters and the wrong leaders get elected, Eastern PC Clare Omolo has said.

Speaking when in Embu town , Omolo asked youths to take a proactive role in charting the future of the country by registering as voters and electing the right leaders.

The PC advised officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundary commissions carrying out voter registration to get closer to the people so as to ensure all those eligible are registered to vote. Omollo said only 41 per cent of the eligible voters in the province have been registered in the last two weeks

The PC said the figures are not encouraging and therefore asked the officials to move out and get to the people if they were to meet their targets.

She said the officials should take advantage of public gatherings like the markets and national holiday like the forthcoming Jamhuri day cerebrations where they can pitch tent and register all those who turn up for the events.

Omollo also urged the public to ensure they register in good time to avoid the last minute rash to the registration centers which will only complicate the exercise.

On politics, the PC appealed to the politicians to ensure they observe and keep the time set for their campaign meetings. She said campaign rallies should not go before six in the evening.

Omollo said politicians must also avoid from inciting the youths to violence either by shouting down their opponents or to fight and injure other politicians.

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