Mbooni MP Kisoi Munyao has urged residents in his constituency to register as voters ahead of the next general elections. Kisoi said for residents of Mbooni and the rest of Kenyans to elect leaders of their choice they should register as voters in large numbers and vote in leaders who will serve them.
Speaking recently when he inspected Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects in Mbooni, the legislator said the Kamba community should rally together and ensure that as many people as possible have registered as voters so that the community can have a bargaining power at the national politics.
“It would be unfortunate if those eligible as voters do not register. We need to have numbers as a community,” said the MP.
Kisoi also called on the youth to get identification cards to enable them registers as voters and challenged them cast their votes during the elections day.
“It is one thing to register as a voter and a totally different thing to vote,” he said.
The MP call comes at a time when an Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) official in Makueni Sub County has expressed concern over the low turnout of residents registering as voters in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise.
Registration Officer John Waita said since the exercise kicked of last year, only 646 people have registered as voters in Makueni Sub County.
Waita attributed the low numbers to apathy especially among the youth and underscored the need to have campaigns to educate people on the need to register as voters.
“Many people are ignorant on voter registration and some wait until the last minute rush and some miss out due to the stringent timelines given,” he said.