The Star (Nairobi)

12 December 2012

Kenya: Kwale Men Seize Wives' ID Cards

 The electoral commission has not started registering Kenyans with waiting cards as the president is yet to assent to the bill that authorizes ... ( Resource: Kenyans With Waiting Cards Yet To Be Registered.

IEBC officials in Kwale report that men in the region are re confiscating their wives ID cards to stop them from registering as voters. Speaking during a gala dinner at Fort Jesus organised by Muhuri yesterday to mark World Human Rights day, IEBC South West regional coordinator Amina Soud said majority of registered voters are men.

"We have received complaints from women who tell us they would like to register but cannot because their husbands bar them from doing so by taking their ID cards," she said.

She said even in homes where the men register, they do not allow their wives to do the same saying women are more vulnerable to attacks by suspected MRC members.

Nonetheless, Soud said the voter registration process in the region is on track. She said IEBC had by Saturday registered 411,150 voters out of projected 450,000 as at that day.

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