Only 369 voters registered in Migori in the first day of drive amid low turnout

A youth registers as a voter at Muhuru Bay town in Nyatike constituency

By MN Reporter

Only 369 new voters were registered in the entire Migori county in the first day of month long voters registration drive despite calls by several politicians who have set lofty targets.

Charles Mutahi, the IEBC’s County Elections Manager said the figure was caught in the first day drive for voting even though they still set out their target of of over 140,000 new voters.

A spot check showed some registration clerks sitting by idly but Mutahi insisted that they had “distributed all the materials to every sub-county and by this evening everything will be on the ground.”

He said Migori has about 200, 000 unregistered voters and said the target set may not be reached as they have a challenge when it comes to those people who have IDs not coming to register.

“We have placed in enough effort to mobilize potential voters and so far we have received a positive response from the politicians to mobilize the people,” he said.

Several leaders in Migori county have stepped up efforts to mobilize people in their areas to come out and register as voters.

Suna West MP Peter Masara  said he targets 10, 000 newly registered voters from his constituency to turn up for the exercise amid 46, 000 voters in the last general elections and said he was confident the number will be reached.