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Uhuru to visit five counties in listing push as deadline nears

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to tour five counties to drum up support for voter registration ahead of the February 14 deadline.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms on Sunday, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu indicated that plans are under way for the President to visit a number of counties to mobilise residents to register as voters in the ongoing mass registration with the deadline less than 10 days.

“President Kenyatta is expected to visit a number of counties to drum up support for voter registration.

“These will include — but may not be limited to — Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Kisii and Nyamira counties,” said Mr Esipisu.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati last month cited Kisii among the seven counties with the least number of new registered voters while Nairobi and Nakuru were among the devolved units with the high number of new voters — 182,265 and 77,970 respectively.

Some regions have recorded high voter turnout as leaders mobile residents to register as voters.

During the President’s tour of Central region in the first week of registration, more than 160,000 new voters registered, according to the electoral commission — about 87 per cent of the weekly target.

So far, slightly over 1.5 million new voters have been registered, which is only 53.9 per cent of the second week target and 25 per cent of the six million voters that the commission expects to register at the end of the second phase of mass voter registration.

Mr Esipisu said that they will soon release the full schedule of President Kenyatta’s itinerary.

Asked about the time when government officials expected to join politics are expected to resign, Mr Esipisu said: “A number of you have posed questions in regard to resignations from government linked to elections. There is nothing to report on that front at this point in time,” he said.

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