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Battle for Six Million New Voters as Listing Starts

With the 2022 General Election Shaping up into a battle for numbers, leading presidential aspirants are facing the difficult task of mobilizing their strongholds to register many voters as countrywide registration starts tomorrow.

Official data from the National Registration Bureau indicates that nearly a million eligible youths may not be enrolled as voters in the one month exercise for lack of National Identity cards. and also, one million seven hundred thousand National Identity cards are lying idle in many registration areas across the country as they would be of no value to the elections if they are not picked by owners

For Deputy President William Ruto and his main rival Mr. Raila Odinga, they will have to encourage their supporters to turn out to register but also face the stark reality that more than a million eligible voters may not get their IDs on time to register in the next thirty days and this could be a disadvantage to both.

Speaking on Wednesday last week, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna claimed that of the six million new voters the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission hopes to register during the mass exercise that kicks off tomorrow, more than half of the numbers is in the party's traditional strongholds of Nyanza, Western, Coast and Nairobi.

Mr. Odinga will from tomorrow be in Garissa town for the Azimio la Umoja Convention, the Northern-Kenya edition, which will bring together many of the counties that have seen their figures for ID application significantly drop in 2020.

At the Deputy president's camp, his spokesman Emmanuel Talam told Sunday Nation that Dr. Ruto has asked member of parliament in his camp to take the exercise seriously and mobilize eligible Kenyans to register.

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