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Politicians warned over voter ferrying

Politicians in Nyamira have been warned against transferring voters to their preferred regions to boost their support in next year’s general election.

According to Kennedy Mosongo, politicians have started ferrying voters from other regions what he termed unacceptable.

Mosongo said the voters in question have their regions to be registered, vote and promote development.

“What worries us more even if you try to ask such leaders why they are doing that, they don’t have a genuine reason.”

Mosongo was referring to an incident that happened at Bonyunyu area in Nyamira South Sub County on Thursday.

Angry residents almost torched two matatu vehicles that were allegedly ferrying voters from the neighbouring Kisii County to come and register as voters in Nyamira.

According to Mosongo, the activity is conducted by incumbent leaders fearing defeat.

“It is shameful that some people have done nothing since they were elected to office and, now they want to be re-elected by ‘buying’ voters from other regions. They should be informed that we are vigilant and, such cannot happen under our watch,” He noted.

Under the electoral laws, it is not illegal for a voter to seek transfer on where they want to vote as long as they register themselves in advance.

The electoral commission is undertaking a mass voter registration exercise targeting at least 6 million new voters.

The exercise will be concluded this week.

Speaking at a funeral in Nyamotaro area in North Mugirango, Mosongo said that they have witnessed several incidents where politicians are transporting voters from one Ward to another for registration.

“We want to be clear and state that what we are experiencing is not a good show and, we want to warn those who are taking part in such activities.
You are importing voters to your area whom you are not sure whether they will vote for you or not,” Mosongo stated.

According to him, the county has experienced a low turnout in what could potentially lead to voter apathy in the August 2022 elections.

By Darlington Mose

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