The Mt Kenya Unity Foundation comprising leaders of fringe political parties from the vote-rich region has announced their plan to have 10 million voters by the end of the current voter registration exercise announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Speaking to the press after visiting Gatundu South MP at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi, the group’s spokesperson Martha Karua they will work round the clock to mobilise for the registration of 3 million more voters from Mt Kenya, whose figures currently stand at 7 million votes.
”We note that today (yesterday) marks the launch of registration of voters by IEBC across the country. Every vote counts and it’s the right and civic duty of every Kenyan to exercise their democratic right. As members of the Mount Kenya Unity Forum, we call upon all eligible Kenyans within Mount Kenya catchment and diaspora to come forward and register,” the Narc-Kenya party leader said.
Her sentiments were supported by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who also leads the Chama Cha Kazi. Kuria said their immediate plan was to ensure the region’s voting population was raised and 5, 000 volunteers will be listed for this exercise.
”We will mobilise 3 Million new voters to register in Mt Kenya Regiion and the Mt Kenya Diaspora thus raising the voting population from Seven Million to Ten Million Voters as per the targets announced by the IEBC last week. The 7 to 10 Project will be implemented by recruiting 5,000 volunteers in 16 Counties with daily monitoring of the Key Performance Indicators from polling Centre Level to the County and Regional level,” the Chama Cha Kazi leader explained.
The target is to register 162,000 from Meru County, Embu (71,000), Nyandarua (77,000), Kirinyaga (129,000), Murang’a (218,000), Tharaka Nithi (498,000 to 500,000), Nyeri (105,000), and Kiambu (438,000). Others are Laikipia (91,000) and Nakuru (300,000) Mount Kenya diaspora in Kajiado County (100,000), Nairobi (417,000) and 0.5 million voters from all other places within Kenya where members from the region live.