WAPWANI WAMEGOMA…Coast politicians, IEBC worried about region’s voter apathy

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As political supremacy continues to dominated Coast region.. Poor leadership, pockmarked with unfulfilled promises, vote theft and poor relationship with the electorate, has disenfranchised voters, especially the youth, who are now showing apathy.

With only a day to the end of the mass voter listing by the electoral body, IEBC, political leaders have expressed concerns about the situation.

By October 24, for instance, Mombasa had recorded a paltry 19,669 new voters against a target of 190,237.

Politicians in Mombasa, mostly first-timers, are worried that voter apathy might negatively affect their bids.

It is double trouble for them as they first have to make themselves known before being able to convince the youth to register as voters, let alone vote for them.

They are doing all they can to convince the youth to register as voters including offering incentives like boda boda fares.

Joshua Ndere, a lawyer, on Saturday said the disinterest shown by leaders in the voter registration exercise has contributed to the youth blowing cold.

“It’s up to us leaders to come out and talk to the people. People are looking for leadership,” said Ndere, who is eying Mohamed Ali’s Nyali MP seat.

He spoke at VOK where he led a voter registration and sensitization campaign.

He noted that past administrations have kept on letting down the youth who now feel they have been disenfranchised.

“So most of them don’t see the need to of participating in elections,” he noted.

It is said here that the youth have developed a poor attitude towards leadership provided by the old guard.

Machele said the youth want leaders who can relate to them and their needs.

“That is why it is important that we youthful leaders come out and talk to our fellow youth to register as voters and vote,” said Machele.

The flamboyant businessman is eying the Mvita MP seat whose holder Abdulswamad Nassir wants is seeking to become the next Mombasa Governor.

Speaking as he led youth in a clean-up exercise in Shimanzi, Machele said the time has come for Mombasa to have alternative leaders in place who will address issues that the youth would like addressed.

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