Number of new voters doubles after IEBC employs new strategy

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A strategy employed by IEBC officials in Mombasa has seen more locals register as voters in the last two weeks.
The initiative by the Mombasa sub-county administration has helped vulnerable groups in Mombasa to register, inching closer to IEBC’s target of enlisting 192,727 new voters in the ongoing mass voter registration exercise.
Since its inception two weeks ago, people with disabilities, expectant and nursing mothers, elderly and industry workers have benefited from the door-to-door voter registration by IEBC, officers from sub-county administration, chiefs, voter educators, ward development committees and village elders.
“This door-to-door voter registration by the IEBC and sub-county officials has really been beneficial. I’m happy that I will finally be able to exercise my right to vote,” said Mary Atieno who is in her 40s at her home in Loma, Kisauni.
Gideon Odhiambo, Assistant Director Operations at the Mombasa sub-county Administration based in Nyali said the door-to-door exercise brought him face to face with real issues that made people not to register and vote and also gave him an opportunity to rectify the wrongs.
“We came across people as old as 45 years who have never registered as voters, youthful population of 18 to 24 years who said they did not see the need to register as voters,” added Mr. Odhiambo.
Odhiambo further added that poverty is among the factors that hindered people from registering as majority spend the better part of their day working to earn something to feed their families.
Fatma Mbaruk, Assistant Director Coordination at Mombasa sub-county Administration who was in Kisauni said that the number of new voters shot from an average of 15 to 80.
“The minimum number of people we are registering now is 75 at a polling center,” said Ms Mbaruk.

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