Jubilee and Cord chiefs urge voters in their strongholds to register ahead of polls

Jubilee and Cord chiefs urge voters in their strongholds to register ahead of polls

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Date: 19 January 2017 02:16

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cord leader Raila Odinga continue with their nationwide tours to urge Kenyans to turn out in large numbers to register as voters.

Both the ruling coalition led by the president and opposition under Mr Odinga believe the ongoing mass voter registration will determine the winner in the August 8 election.

“This year’s election will be determined within the 30 days of mass voter registration,” Mr Odinga said in Kisumu Wednesday.

Deputy President William Ruto is also expected to tour Migori County Thursday to mobilise the Kuria people to register as voters.

Cord principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) continue with their tour of northern Kenya to mobilise people to register as voters.

On Wednesday the duo were in Wajir where they urged Kenyans to register as voters and expressed confidence Cord would emerge victorious in the coming elections.

Jubilee and Cord are battling for nine million unregistered Kenyans with the IEBC targeting to register at least six million new voters in the ongoing process.

RAILA IN NYANZA

In Nyanza, where Mr Odinga enjoys massive support, there are 1,274,894 people with IDs but without voters cards while in Western where he also enjoys support a total of 1,007,524 people have IDs but have not registered as voters.

The ODM leader is Thursday expected to tour Nyamira, Kisii, Homa Bay and later Migori.

DP Ruto is also expected in Migori County where he is supposed to tour Kuria West and East constituencies.

President Kenyatta on the other hand will Thursday be in Muranga County.

He will then head to Nyeri, Meru, Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, in a statement, said the President is scheduled to start his tour of Murang’a at Blue Post on the border of Murang’a and Kiambu counties and then head to Jogoo Kimakia, Gatunyu, Gatanga Junction, Gacharage, Kangari, Kigumo, Kirere, Muthithi, Kaharati, Maragua and Muranga towns, Kahuhia, Kangema and Kiria-ini.

UHURU IN NYERI

On Friday, the President will be in Nyeri County and is expected to visit Kiamariga, Kaburuini, Kawarigi, Karatina, Ichamara, Kiandu, Nyeri Town, King’ong’o, Kiganjo and Chaka.

On Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, the President will tour Meru, Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties respectively, Mr Esipisu said in the statement.

“Mombasa and Nakuru and many more counties are lined up as the next areas the President will visit to urge Kenyans to register to vote. Details of the visits will be announced at a later date,” added Mr Esipisu.

On Monday next Week, Mr Odinga will tour Vihiga, Shamakhoho, Kakamega, Bungoma (Posta grounds) and Trans Nzoia (Kitale).

On Tuesday, Mr Odinga will tour West Pokot and visit Kacheliba, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kapcherop and Turkana and on Friday he will go to Machakos, Kitui and Makueni.

On Saturday the opposition brigade will head to Taita Taveta.

They will visit Mwatate and later Kwale before heading to Mombasa Town in the afternoon.


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