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National News: Parties Race for a Share of Six Million New Voters

Parties race for a share of six million New voters.Indications are that millions of young voters aged 18-22, will cast their ballots in 2022 General Election, making this a critic constituency that could decide the outcome of the presidential contest. The IEBC expects to register six million New voters next month. Political leaders and their leaders have put in place strategies to earn the trust of the youth, who will account for more than a third of the 23 million voters that will decide the fate of the nation.

Analysts believe young voters will tilt the scales in what is expected to be a competitive race, given that the country would be picking a new leader after president Uhuru Kenyatta leaves office, after completing his term. ODM chairman John Mbadi, says the party will being civil education to get eligible youth register as voters. "ODM will use its systems to sensitise our people on the importance of registering as voters. We have structures up to polling stations. Our party will organise officials a cross the country to inform members on the need to register. The electoral commission has put in the mechanism for smooth registration", Mr Abadi said

ODM leader Raila Odinga, has proposed a seven-year tax holiday for youth-owned business, a commission to look into their issues, assurance of access to government tenders as well as 10000 opportunities every year under the Kenya National Youth Internship Programme.

Second in command says his administration will set aside 30 billion every year to fund small business and reduce the number of taxes by young people even as he seeks to get many more in the tax bracket in his "hustler nation" economic plan.

"We have activated machinery to mobilize supporters to register as voters. The hustler movement is powered by the youth. It is important that they register as voters, particularly those aged 18-25. We should also use social media influencers" Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata said.

Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper party has set up committees at polling stations to monitor the registration. "We have informed registration teams that will work with IEBC officials across the country". Mutua kilonzo told the Daily Nation.

ANC and Ford-Kenya are expected to organise youth related activities. Ford-Kenya deputy leader, Richard Onyonka, said the party will not allow IEBC to deploy only five clerks per constituency arguing that such a move will discourage potential voters.

"Sending only five clerks to a constituency is a big problem. That's unacceptable. There should be at least two clerks at every polling centre, reduce the distance people have to travel to register as voters for exercise to run smoothly.", said Kitutu Chache South MP

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