Siaya leaders on an ‘adopt a polling station’ strategy to boost voter numbers

IEBC clerk registers a voter during the February 2016 registration exercise. [Photo/IEBC]

As the mass voter registration exercise enters its fourth and final week, leaders in Siaya County have embarked on an ‘Adopt a polling station’ strategy aimed at helping the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) meet the voter registration targets in the area.

In this arrangement, each elected or aspiring leader will be expected to identify and adopt a few polling stations to ensure every potential voter in their respective areas are registered as voters.

Siaya County Assembly Speaker, George Okode, who adopted three polling stations within his home area of Siger sub-location in Rarieda Constituency, said that the strategy is the only means they can manage to reach every potential voter within the remaining short time.

Okode has pleaded with fellow leaders to use every possible means that would help them beat the voter registration target in the county, noting that everyone needs to be brought on board.

While addressing chiefs, village elders and health workers at his Siger home, Okode urged them to reduce indoor meetings and go out to encourage more people to register as voters without considering the limited time remaining.

The Speaker stated that they will only support and attend meetings aimed at checking the registration progress after work because there is no more time for indoor meetings.

The chiefs and their assistants present at the meeting committed to distribute uncollected IDs to their owners to enable them enlist to vote.

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