Nathif Jama, the Governor of Garissa County, which has a significant pastoral population, has urged the country’s electoral commission to work harder to reach overlooked potential voters in villages and watering points of northeastern Kenya, particularly the nomadic pastoralists.
Jama warned Monday that the registration exercise being carried out by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) faced an uphill task in the registration of the pastoralists because of the current drought which had forced the pastoralists to move with their animals in search of water and pasture for their livestock.
Our people are going round looking after water and pasture for their animals. We feel if something is not done to have these people registered as voters then a big number of people will be left out of the exercise, said Jama.
Jama added that the county leadership would hold a meeting with IEBC officials soon to try and see to it that all the officials handling Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits were not stationed at just one palace but instead moved to where potential voters are.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said recently that the commission had employed various criteria for distributing BVR kits to ensure that potential voters were not discouraged by long distances to register as voters.
He urged the residents with ID cards to register as voters saying that it was the only means they could use to elect leaders of their choice.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK