The vote-rich Mt Kenya region targets to have more than 10 million voters before the 2022 General Election, the Mount Kenya Unity Forum has said as the region continues to flaunt its numbers ahead of the elections.
Speaking at a Nairobi Hospital when she paid a visit to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, the newly crowned Mt Kenya spokesperson Martha Karua said the GEMA community which currently boasts of seven million voters is targeting to bring on board three million more voters by the end of the month when the voter registration exercise closes.
“We are calling this ‘Project 7 to 10’. Let us claim our share of the increased numbers,” Karua said as quoted by the Standard.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it is targeting to register six million new voters.
The Narc Kenya party leader said half of the new voters being targeted by the polls body is expected to come from the mountain.
Moses Kuria who is associated with Chama Cha Kazi said that out of the three million they are targeting from the vote-rich Mt Kenya region, they are aiming to register 162,000 new voters from Meru County, Embu (71,000), Nyandarua (77,000), Kirinyaga (129,000), Murang’a (218,000), Tharaka Nithi (498,000 to 500,000), Nyeri (105,000), and Kiambu (438,000).
Kuria said they are targeting 91,000 new voters in Laikipia and Nakuru (300,000) Mount Kenya diaspora in Kajiado County (100,000), Nairobi (417,000), and 500,000 voters from all other places within Kenya where members from the region live.
He said to achieve their target; all political parties with a presence in the Mt Kenya region will employ more than 5,000 volunteers to assist the IEBC in the voter registration process.
“We plan to register up to 5,000 volunteers from all our political parties in these regions, and each will have a target of 60 voters to register,” added Kuria.
The region has been repeatedly bosting about its voter numbers while demanding to have a bigger say on who becomes Kenya’s next president.
This has seen all presidential hopefuls camp in the region as they seek to win over numbers considering the fact Mt Kenya region is heading in the 2022 General Election without a serious presidential candidate for the first time since the introduction of multiparty democracy in Kenya.