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IEBC targets 200,000 new voters in Kisii county .

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on -going voter registration exercise at Kisii county .[photo Courtesy]

By Gusii star .

Kisii Kenya 10 Oct 2021 At least 200,000 eligible voters are targeted for registration in Kisii County by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in an exercise that kicked off on Monday.

Speaking during the official launch of the exercise in the region at the Kisii National Polytechnic early this week Kisii Governor James Ongwae who noted that the county has around 549,000 voters while the number is supposed to be around 753,000 voters if there was a good turnout.

Ongwae expressed concern that less than 2,000 people have registered as voters in the entire Kisii county in the first two days, urging all elected leaders in the county to mobilise people in respective jurisdictions to come out and get registered to participate in the national exercise.

Kisii County Commissioner Allan Macharia said that there are 3,500 National Identity Cards that have not been collected yet the owners need them to register as voters and that Chiefs will be looking for the respective owners so that they are not left out in this important exercise.

Macharia said that National Government officials are working closely with their counterparts in the Kisii County Government and IEBC to ensure that the registration exercise is successful with the set targets being achieved by the end of the one-month exercise.

Kisii County IEBC Coordinator Robert Namlungu expressed concern over mass transfers of voters from one polling station to another, warning politicians who are participating in the exercise to stop it since the commission will not allow that to continue happening.

He gave an example of 700 voters who have sought a transfer to Nyatieko polling station in Kitutu Chache South Constituency, they are currently stationed in some polling stations in Kitutu Chache North constituency saying it showed something fishy was ongoing.

Namlungu also raised a red flag over transfer of voters from Ibeno Ward in Nyaribari Chache Constituency to Gesusu Ward in Nyaribari Masaba Constituency, among other areas which he termed must be the work of some political figures and that IEBC was watching keenly.