Lugari and Likuyani sub counties in Kakamega County have reportedly recorded below average voter turn outs on the first day of the nationwide mass voter
listing exercises, which kicked off on Monday.

Briefing the media in his office, Lugari Sub County Returning Officer,
Mr. Amos Chilai, said a total of  only 293 persons registered as new voters
across the six wards in the area by Monday evening.

“This was far below our set daily target of 600 voters, at least 100
from each ward,” observed Chilai who revealed the sub county targets
about 18,000 new voters by end of the one month exercise.

According to statistics in his office, Lumakanda ward recorded 71 new
voters, Lwandeti (59), Chevaywa (44), Lugari (42), Mautuma (40) with Chekalini trailing at 37 new voters.
Chilai appealed to all eligible voters in the area to use this opportunity and acquire voter’s cards in readiness to participate in the August general elections.

Mrs Doreen Wawire, the Returning Officer for Likuyani Sub County
disclosed  that a total of 348 individuals registered as new voters in all
five wards of the area.

“The overall target for Likuyani Sub County is 19,500 new voters by the
time the listing exercise ends on 14th February,” revealed Wawire.

By end of first day of the exercise, Kongoni ward had registered 90
new voters, Likuyani (78), Nzoia (69), Sango (60) and Sinoko had 51
fresh voters.

Both election officers urged locals eligible for voting to turn out in
large numbers, noting no new voters would be registered after this
exercise.

Except for wrong dates and time configuration hitches on a few
Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) machines, the officers noted that
most of the kits operated well.

“The challenge to do with date and time configuration was resolved,”
confirmed Wawire.

Elsewhere, the  Lugari Sub County Registration of Persons office has
appealed to owners of uncollected Identity cards to visit Chiefs and
assistant chiefs’ offices in order to pick them.

Mr. Josphat Chunge, an official at the office, revealed a total of
2653 cards were lying at the local administration offices uncollected.

“The owners, who are mostly youth, should pick the cards to enable
them enlist as voters during the ongoing mass voter registration
exercise,” urged Chunge

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