The second phase of nationwide mass voter registration has started at a slower pace, despite higher expectations by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The exercise which kicked off on Monday, January 17, saw a cold reception in various parts of the country, with Migori County registering less than 1, 000 new voters across all constituencies.
Stakeholders have claimed that the low turnout came as a result of adverse weather conditions brought about by long hours of rains experienced in the county from early this week.
With a set target of 89,217 new voter’s registration in Migori County during the first phase, the commission only managed to record 36,452 voters by the end of the exercise in November 2021.
Migori County Acting Election Coordinator and Suna East Constituency Election Coordinator Kennedy Okoth said that the heavy rains that have been experienced in the past two days have greatly affected the registration turnout.
Okoth pointed out that despite only registering 44 voters in Suna East Sub County, he is optimistic that the county will be able to surpass the set targets after failing to do so in the first phase.
“All is set to ensure that everything runs smoothly. This time, we will make sure that the county achieves its target of voter registration,” he said.
Okoth called upon the youth to come out and register, as they continue to record lowest numbers in voter registration turnout, which he termed as worrying.