Raila Odinga tours different parts of Nairobi to ask NASA supporters to register as voters in large numbers. PHOTO/COURTESY
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Nasa leaders from five key parties that form the National Super Alliance (NASA) have formed teams to mobilize supporters to register as voters across the country.
The parties that have formed teams to mobilize supporters and members to register as voters include ODM, ANC, Wiper, Kanu and Wiper.
According to a member of the parties’ strategy team, special teams have been deployed in at least 30 counties across the country with clear instructions to ensure NASA supporters register as voters.
Both aspiring candidates for parliamentary, women representatives and Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) and seating ones are leading the exercise that is dubbed ‘Stakeholder’ Engagement Voter Registration Sensitization Exercise‘.
Financial rewards and trophies have been pledged to areas which will record the highest number of voters across the country. Cord/Nasa is targeting at least 4.5 million voters.
In Nairobi, Mr Eliud Owalo, is leading the exercise.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga led the voter registration sensitization exercise in Nairobi where he toured various parts of the city including Kibra and Kawangare where he described the ongoing mass voter registration as a do-or-die exercise for his fourth stab at the presidency.
Mr Odinga declared that the August 8 General Election would be won during the 30-day exercise that opened yesterday and ends on February 14, on a day the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) started registering voters hoping to list the six million potential new electors.
While on a tour of constituencies in Nairobi, Mr Odinga rallied opposition supporters to list as voters en masse and hand him a head-start.
Kibra Constituency aspirant, Mr Eliud Owalo, engages jua kali artisans in the constituency as he embarked on the Stakeholder’ Engagement Voter Registration Sensitization Exercise. PHOTO/COURTESY
Mr Odinga expressed confidence he will beat President Kenyatta of Jubilee should his strongholds record the highest number of new voters.
“The coming elections will be won in the next 30 days. Next polls will be won between now and February 14. ” Mr Odinga said during a stopover in Kibra.
The ODM leader is vying for the joint presidential ticket for CORD with fellow Opposition leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula, but lately Musalia Mudavadi of ANC has joined them advocating for a broad-based alliance dubbed the National Super Alliance (Nasa).
According to data from the IEBC, Rift Valley’s 14 counties lead the pack with 1,804,376 unregistered voters.
It is followed by Eastern region’s eightNairobi12 counties which have 1,426,455 unregistered voters and Nairobi which has 1,276,912.
By December 31, last year, Nyanza’s six counties had 1,274,894 unregistered voters, Western 1,107,524, Coast 1,047,831, Central 1,025,294 and North Eastern region 166,983.
Thika has 638,645 unregistered voters, North Rift 598,125, Central Rift 520,036, Lower Eastern 447,759 and Nyanza South 434,323. In the distribution of the Biometric Voters Registration (BVR) kits, North Rift region will get 918 followed by Central Rift 676, Lower Eastern 651, Nyanza Central 529 and Nyanza South 501 kits.
Available data also shows that both President Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto political backyards of North Rift, Central Rift, Thika and and Nyeri have at least 2.5 million unregistered voters.
Opposition strongholds of Bungoma, Kakamega, Nyanza Central and South, Lower Eastern, North and South Coast have at least 3.1 million unregistered voters.
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