In a week’s time (Monday, January 16) the last round of mass voter registration will kick off ahead of the August 8-scheduled General Election.
That has sent political coalitions into overdrive as they craft strategies to add as many voters as possible in their strongholds so as to ensure they have enough numbers during the poll.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party which is known to have an appetite for such, plans to ensure a massive number of voters register so as to beat its biggest threat – the Raila Odinga-led Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in the hotly-contested polls.
The stakes have never been this high.
Jubilee whose 2013 convincing victory was credited to its early head start during the voter registration (hence the ‘Tyranny of Numbers’), is targeting to increase voter numbers in its Rift Valley and Central Kenya strongholds and has scheduled several meetings to effectively plan the mobilisation of its supporters for the exercise.
Uhuru’s Jubilee Party is targeting to add 4.9 million new voters to its fold, at least, just from its two political bastions.
The wheels are already rolling and strategic meetings have kicked off with the Deputy President William Ruto hosting hundreds of aspirants and incumbents from his Kalenjin community at his Karen official residence on Tuesday, January 10.
The DP assured the politicians who were drawn from 11 counties that the ruling coalition’s primaries will be fair, asking those present to hit the ground and have as many eligible Jubilee supporters to register to vote.
In Rift Valley alone, the DP Ruto who already has his eyes set on 2022, noted that 1.6 million voters are eligible but are yet to enter the IEBC roll.
Uhuru’s Mt Kenya backyard has another 3.3 million people yet to register but are being targeted by Jubilee as it battles against the Opposition to retain power in 2017.
Ruto’s wife Rachel is also playing her part. Watch her urge women to register as voters below.