The Star (Nairobi)

25 February 2013

Kenya: Teso Leaders Urge IEBC to Conduct Civic Education Ahead of Polls

TESO leaders yesterday appealed to IEBC to conduct civic education following challenges revealed by yesterday's mock elections.

Led by Labour Assistant Minister Sospeter Ojaamong, the leaders said the mock elections were a major concern to the electoral process.

Other who voiced concerns included Teso North MP aspirant Albert Ekirapa, Malaba central county representative, Chrisantus Ipala and Teso activist Abadalla Issa.

Speaking after exercise at Malaba Township Primary School, Ojaamong said the exercise was complicated, thus the need for civic education.

"If it took me such a long time to complete the exercise what will happen to an ordinary mwananchi?" he asked.

Ipala admitted the process will take long to cast the votes six times in one go.

The former Malaba Town Council chairman appealed to IEBC to make legitimate ballot papers which will be dropped wrongly in other ballot papers.

Ekirapa said the process was labourious and urged the IEBC to train agents and polling clerks to help educate voters to avoid realisation of massive spoilt votes.

However, Ekirapa expressed optimism that the electoral process will be successful if voters will drop their ballot papers in the right boxes.

Issa lauded the IEBC for increasing the size of marking boxes saying the move will reduce the number of spoilt votes.

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