Leaders from Western region have called on area residents who are yet to be enlisted as voters to turn up in large numbers.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will begin registering voters from October one.
This is in readiness to voting during the 2022 general elections.
Speaking at Khamoto primary school, Maraka Ward in Webuye West constituency Bungoma County during the burial of Mzee Charles Wekesa Maruti, a 2022 Presidential Aspirant Dr.Mukhisa Kituyi called on the Luhya community to use their population as a weapon through electing development conscious leaders.
"As Luhyas we have got the weapon, let's turn out in large number and register as voters, this way we can have a bargaining power as a community," he said
The former UNCTAD Secretary General stated that based on the Luhyas population let them produce a good number of registered that can give them a bargain power with other tribes in the country.
"We can't think of winning presidency if ourselves as a community isn't registering yet we think of ruling this country, register in droves so that you give us the bargain power," said Kituyi.
His sentiments were echoed by the senate speaker Ken Lusaka and Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati who pointed out that registration of voters is the only sure bet that will guarantee them space in the next government.
"Luhyas are the second largest ethnic group and hence should use the population strength to ensure they have the bargaining power in the next government," said Lusaka.
Wangamati noted that Luhya is a large voting bloc and such should consider registering in large numbers so that they prove a point that they ain't minorities.
"We are the second largest most populated ethnic group, let those who are yet to register do so as per the period the IEBC kicks off the exercise," said
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