'If you want change, register as a voter,' Raila urges youth in Nairobi
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has called on the youth to turn up in large numbers to register as voters.
Odinga, while launching the second mass voter registration at the city hall in Nairobi on Tuesday, said the youth should take advantage of the last phase and register in order to participate in the August polls.
"Kwanza mimi nataka kuhimiza watu wetu wajitokeza hasa vijana wakati huu wachukue kura manake kuna sababu ya kuchukua kura. The vote is the only way that we can use to elect our leaders. Kura ndiyo itaamua ni nani atashika hatamu ya utawala katika taifa letu," Odinga stated.
The former premier also called for credibility in ensuring free and fair elections, condemning any possibility of vote-rigging.
"Na tunataka kura ichukuliwe ipigwe, ihesabiwe na itangazwe vile imepigwa... Manake saa ingine wananchi wanaweza kupiga kura lakini haihesabiwi na hata ikihesabiwa matokeo ni tofauti. Tunataka kuona kama kura imepigwa, imehesabiwa na ikatangazwa vile ilivyo," said Odinga.
The ODM leader said that the only way to livelihoods in the country was through the ballot, urging Kenyans to exercise their democratic rights by equipping themselves with a vote to cast.
"Wewe mwenyewe ukona shida na huna malazi sawasawa, nyumba ni mbaya na wakati mwingine hakuna kazi," he said.
"But we want you to have affordable houses and also be allowed to own the property itself under the affordable housing scheme" he said.
Also present was Nairobi governor Ann Kananu and ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.
The second phase of mass voter registration, which began on Monday 17 will run till February 6 and comes after the Commission failed to meet its target of registering 6 million voters.
The commission will be targeting 4.5 million new eligible voters in the three-week exercise and they anticipate 25.6 million voters will take part in the August 9 polls.