KENYA: GOVT DISMISSES OPPOSITION CLAIMS ON VOTER REGISTRATION

Kenya Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed claims by the Opposition that the government may be interfering with the ongoing mass voter registration exercise.

Ruto says instead of shifting blame over low voter registration turnout in their strongholds, the Opposition ought to excite their follower to inspire good numbers.

The Deputy President who is on a voter sensitization tour of the Rift Valley also urged locals to register as voters and re-elect Jubilee come August 8th.

The ongoing mass voter registration exercise continues to ignite varied political opinions over the ability of IEBC to conduct a transparent electoral process.

The Opposition claims there may be evidence of double registration in the ongoing exercise, a situation they say is likely to block many Kenyans from participating in the forthcoming general elections.

Ruto expressed confidence that Jubilee will carry the day come August, challenging the Opposition to focus on sensitizing their supporters instead of maligning the government.

But CORD leader Raila Odinga has accused the National Registration Bureau and the Ministry of Interior of colluding to shore up registration numbers for some players within the political leadership in the country.

Raila says his identity card number and that of Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka appear to have been registered to other persons.

Meanwhile, Amani National Congress Leader Musalia Mudavadi has urged the people of Western region to ensure they register as voters to enable the Opposition wrestle power from Jubilee come August.

Mudavadi’s plea come as Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo planned a one week voter sensitization tour of eight counties among them Narok, Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Bomet and Kisii.

And the Independent electoral and boundaries Commission has been urged to loosen the grip on regulations bordering on voter transfers.

Kirinyaga County Aspirant Wangui Ngirici argues that as it currently stands, there may be difficulties in ensuring Kenyans register in areas they want to enable them vote for their preferred candidates.

Wangui made the appeal as a section of Jubilee leaders continued whipping their supporters to turn out in large numbers and register as voters.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK