University and college students urged to register as voters

Ms Ann Nderitu, the registrar of political parties, has urged youths, particularly university and college students, to turn out in big numbers and register as voters to participate in next year's elections.

Ms Nderitu spoke during the launch of the Enhanced Voter Registration Exercise in Institutions of Higher Learning on Wednesday.

The forum held at the University of Nairobi was convened by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in collaboration with the Universities and Colleges Students' Peace Association of Kenya (UCSPAK).

She advised students to take advantage of the voter registration drive to register as voters, which will allow them to become members of their preferred political parties.

"Peaceful participation in electoral and political processes guarantees development when you choose representatives who have your interest at heart," she noted.

The registrar also mentioned the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties' initiative to make it easier to join political parties by onboarding important membership services on E-citizen by the end of October.

IEBC rolled out Enhanced Voter Registration Exercise on October 4, intending to enlist at least 6 million new voters within 30 days.

However, poor turnout has hampered the exercise, with the commission blaming insecurity in some areas, lack of identification cards, and culture of late-hour rush.

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