The Star (Nairobi)

2 January 2013

Kenya: IDs Linked to Low Voter Turnout

A Garissa governor aspirant has urged the government to speed up the issuing of ID cards to the youths in the region. Ali Korane told a campaign rally in Daadab yesterday said the voter registration exercise was characterised by low turn due to lack of ID cards.

He said it was unfortunate to see hundreds of youths in the entire region having problems acquiring the important document.

"We recorded very few people as voters in the three counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa simply because a big population of our people don't have ID cards. The government needs to come up with proper mechanisms that will assist in differentiating between the refugees and Kenyans, otherwise we will continue to lag behind in many things, "said Korane. He said there should be a way of identifying the refugees and Kenyans.

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