Mungatana Calls for Extension of Voter Registration Deadline

Former Garsen Member of Parliament Danson Mungatana says the one month period given by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC is too short to enable every eligible Kenyan to register as a voter.

Mungatana said IEBC should consider extending the period to ensure eligible Kenyans participate in the registration exercise.

Addressing wananchi at Hola in Tana River County over the weekend, Mungatana who is vying for the county's top seat in the August general elections also asked IEBC to give special preference particularly to hardship areas by adding more BVR kits.

He said many people have not registered particularly in hardship areas due to the many challenges facing them at the moment which include hunger and drought.

"Many of the people in areas like Lodwar, Tana River, Ganze and other parts of the country concentrate much on what they will eat and not registration due to famine situation facing them and that's why we need to give them more time unlike those living in towns where they walk short distances to register" said Mungatana.

Mungatana also suggested that IEBC should think of reducing the number of days in none hardship areas and share them to hardship ones if they have no budget for the extension of the exercise.

"IEBC can not set the same number of days for people living in Nairobi, Kisumu or Nakuru who just walk to register with those who live in Mbala mbala in Tana River who must trek several kilometers to get registered. Its unfair and that's why we need to give special preference to them" added Mungatana.

According to IEBC's weekly records on the registration exercise, hardship areas across the country have registered low turnout.

The registration exercise which started last month is set to come to a close on 14th Feb 2017.

IEBC targets to register more than 6 million new voters by the end of the exercise.

Mungatana endorsed

Meanwhile Maendeleo ya Wanawake Tana River county has endorsed the former MP's bid to vie for the county' top most seat.

Chairlady Fatima Buke claimed the current county leadership has failed to implement the one third gender rule saying that only two women were appointed as cheif executive members in the county government against ten positions.

Fatma also added that women were only allocated two ministerial positions while men went with the lions share.

Mungatana promised to set up a revolving fund for the women where they will be able to borrow money and establish themselves economically.









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