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IEBC Turns to Students in Bid to Hit 100,000 New Voters’ Target in Uasin Gishu

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is seeking to partner with learning institutions in Eldoret town, in an attempt to ensure it hits its target for enlisting new voters in Uasin Gishu.

IEBC is targeting to register at least 100,000 new voters in Uasin Gishu during the ongoing second phase of the mass voter registration exercise.

According to Uasin Gishu IEBC Manager Jane Gitonga, over 80 percent of the targeted new voters are youths, hence their decision to partner with learning institutions.

IEBC clerk registering a new voter.

The commission has already set up a voter registration center at the Eldoret National Polytechnic, one of the institutions in Eldoret town with the highest number of students.

We are working with institutions of higher learning who are our main stakeholders in this process as this is where the young people are,” said Gitonga.

“This is a strategic direction in acquiring the numbers that we need,” she added.

Nationally, IEBC is targeting to enlist over 4.5 million new voters ahead of the August 9, 2022, general election.

Past launch of mass voter registration exercise in Eldoret.

During the first phase of the Mass Voter Registration Exercise, the electoral body failed to meet its target as registration centers across the country witnessed voter apathy.

But with a target on the youths, IEBC is hoping the situation will be different this time around.

In Uasin Gishu County, there has already been an improvement.

So far, over 2,300 new voters have been registered across the county in the first four days of the exercise compared to 800 that had been registered within the same period in the first phase.

“As a youth, it is your civic duty to participate as a voter to build and make a country. It is important that you take the vote today so that you secure your future, secure the government of Kenya and elect the leader that you so wish,” advised the IEBC Uasin Gishu Manager.

Uasin Gishu IEBC Manager Jane Gitonga.

Youths have been seen as not interested in registering as voters due to the perception that their votes don’t have any impact.

However, Gitonga says; “As much as we may be disappointed once in a while let’s take action. And the action is – taking your vote and participating in the general election come August 9, 2022.”

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