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Ruto Allied Counties Lead in Voters Registration according to IEBC

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The tyranny of numbers could be fizzling.

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This is according to facts and figures released by the IEBC that show that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Central backyard has reported the lowest turnout in the ongoing mass voter listing initiated by the IEBC last Monday.

IEBC data shows that seven out of the 10 are among those with the lowest percentages of the new voter targets.

Whereas IEBC targets to list over 385,000 new voters in Kiambu, Uhuru’s backyard, only 2,334 was recorded in the first week, translating to one percent.

Murang’a county reported 3,259 new voters of the targeted 191,545 with Laikipia listing 1,664 from a target of 80,231 new voters.

Nyeri recorded 1,915 out of the target of 148,995 voters – one percent. Nyandarua so far of the 1,495 from a county target of 109,652 new voters.

Embu and Kirinyaga counties recorded 2,102 and 2,376 new voters respectively, albeit beating Kitui which has for the past one week recorded 2,324 of its target of 154, 341 voters, according to the Star

Mombasa, whose Governor Joho has been rallying other regions to register, was also rated among the lowest at 4,486 new voters against a target of 190,237.

Nairobi, which had the highest listing at 16,151 new voters, has also recorded the lowest percentage compared with its target of 732,568.

Mt Kenya Jubilee MPs are set to hold a meeting on Thursday to chart plans on how to improve the numbers.

None of the Nyanza counties was in the top ten, dominated by Rift Valley counties where Deputy President William Ruto enjoys a solid following.

Seven out of 10 top counties straddle the Rift Valley with Samburu having the highest percentage of turnout at eight percent.

IEBC targets to register six million new voters on the basis of the data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2019 Census report.

The commission, in a statement on Monday, said it has hired voter mobilizers in the 290 constituencies to create awareness of the listing.

“We call upon the media to sustain the publicity to bolster the voter registration efforts,” IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said, asking Kenyans to avoid the last-minute rush.

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