Tongaren constituency Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) coordinator John Ngutai Muyekho is optimistic that in the remaining days of voter registration they will be able to hit their target of over 23 thousand new voters.
Speaking after flagging off a caravan to woo residents in all the six wards of the constituency to turn up in large numbers to register, Mr. Muyekho said for the first ten days of the exercise they managed to register a total of 3028 voters although their target was 7592 and called upon those who have not yet registered to also show up and register.
He disclosed that Tongaren constituency has six wards with each ward having five BVR kits for registration saying the registration clerks are under a rotational program each week to ensure by the end of the IEBC exercise they have traversed at least all the polling stations in the region for registration.
“The registration per ward is as follows Milima 477, Mbakalo 534, Naitiri 512, Tongaren 406, Soysambu 577, Ndalu 526 which totals to 39% and we call upon those who have acquired identity cards and those who haven’t registered to ensure they register to vote for leaders who will address their problems,” he said.
He also challenged the elected leaders as well as those aspiring to be elected to various seats in the forthcoming general election to also join the course of voter registration sensitization to enable them to attain their expected target.
Mr. Muyekho also clarified that those who wish to change their polling station will only do so from the main IEBC office at Mukuyuni so as to give ample time to the registration clerks in the field to register many residents.
On her part, the registration officer in Tongaren constituency Caroline Thomas says they have distributed 1133 identity cards to chiefs and assistant chiefs to distribute them to the owners and called upon those who applied to go and collect them.