By Reuben Olita
Busia County People Living with Disability Chairman, Ronald Obiero Onyango has intensified campaigns to have more of his members register as voters with only eight days remaining to the closure of the mass registration exercise.
To show his desire to have most of his members register as voters, Obiero spearheaded the registration of over 30 deaf who are preparing for athletics and football championships in Nairobi.
” There are many disabled who are not deaf that have registered. we target to register virtually all disabled persons who are eligible to vote,” Mr Obiero said during a press conference in Busia Town.
He added, ” We want the Independent, Electoral and Boundary Commission to shade light on measures it has taken to reach out to the severe, deaf, blind, albinos and amputee.”
Obiero said it’s imperative for the IEBC to liaise with the local provincial adminstration to help identify our members who are challenged and cannot leave their places of residence to register as voters.
” These admininstrators, who include Village elders, Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, can help registration clerks reach out to the disabled in their homes and register them there, this is the only way to push the number of registered voters in the county,” he noted.
Mr Obiero exuded confidence of having one of their own as the Member of the County Assembly of Busia after August 9th, 2022 General Elections because of their numerical numbers, with statistics indicating that the population of the disabled in the county currently stands at 77,000.
The PWDs chairman echoed the sentiments of former President, Mwai Kibaki that those who can’t register as voters are “useless” with their task only being to eat and drink.
Obiero challenged the youths to register as voters which is their right, noting that they can’t build Kenya without voting; “demonstrating over lack of services without voters cards is nothing. Vote first and complain of lack of service delivery and not vice versa,” he said.