A parliamentary aspirant for Baringo Central constituency has asked the IEBC to change its tactics so as to improve registration of voters in drought stricken areas.
David Kiplagat Kipkerich says that the current stationing of BVR kits in registration centres may not yield much as most residents are fighting a raging drought in most arid areas of the country.
“People that are severely affected by the current drought may not find time to visit registration centres as they may choose to look for food and water instead of registering as voters,” Said the Nairobi-based lawyer.
He said areas like Tiaty, Baringo North and Kerio valley that are adversely affected in Baringo will record low registration due to the drought crises.
“I therefore advise IEBC to use a door to door approach so as to register these pastoralists that move from one place to another in search of pasture and water for their livestock,” added Kipkerich.
He also asked the government to deliver relief food to the affected people so as to give them a reason to register as voter.
Speaking at Kabarnet Museum Grounds today after distributing the jubilee smart cards, the aspirant called on the residents to register in large numbers so as to make a choice in the coming elections.
He asked the voters not to be bribed to vote any candidate saying that would amount to auctioning their rights.
Over 10,000 smart cards were distributed to the residents with the aspirant shielding the cost of the cards.
However a scuffle ensued during the distribution with those in attendance blaming the seating MP for hiring goons to disrupt his opponent’s rally.
The current registration drive by the polls body has seen low turn out with only 5,000 new voters enlisted in the first week in Baringo county against a target of 116,000 new voters.