Nominated MCA Hon Josephine Ombati has encouraged young women who are newly married to take a step and acquire national IDs to ensure they exercise their democratic right of choosing their leaders in the forthcoming and subsequent general elections on August 2017.
The majority of the youth and women from kisii county lack national IDs which is a requirement for them to register as voters and participate in the country’s electoral process.
IEBC will conduct the second phase of mass voter registration starting 17th January 2017 and end on February 17th.
IEBC will also conduct a seven-day voter education week starting January 8th -15th, 2017.
The commission will further conduct a 15 day diaspora registration between February 1st and 17th.
Hon Josephine notes that over the years, the political class has used young people to add to their voter numbers. This only leaves the youth crying over empty promises about employment creation, reduced cost of living and a good business environment.
She indicated, “If we vote in the wrong people, we get the wrong results. This means that if the youth vote in people for the wrong reasons, they have no reason to question the policy outcomes in future.”
The government and its agencies, non-governmental organizations, as well as religious and learning institutions, have not created enough awareness among the youth as to why they should vote.
The youth and women have to stop looking at elections as an event, but rather, as a serious leadership and governance process that will impact on their lives and the economy,
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