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Kibaki urges voters to register as deadline looms

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Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki used the country’s 49th independence Day to urge voters to register in readiness for the March 2013 General Election.

The president’s plea comes as election officials fall behind in their efforts to get Kenyans signed up.

The Head of State made the call as he asked Kenyans to ensure they “elect honest, visionary and hardworking leaders, who have the concern of Kenyans at heart”.

“Take advantage of the remaining one week and register as voters in order to participate in the forthcoming General Election. Registering to vote will enable you to carry out your civic duty of electing your leaders.

“You’ll also be choosing the policies with which you want to be governed. Registering to vote gives you the power to determine the future and destiny of Kenya,” said President Kibaki at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium Wednesday.

He enumerated the country’s various development achievements in the last 10 years which, he said, have laid the foundation for the economic, social and political transformation of the country.

Kibaki said promulgation of the new Constitution after more than 20 years of waiting remained one of the most memorable moments during his ten year tenure as the country’s President.

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is falling behind schedule on its voter registration drive. As of Monday, the IEBC said only 8.6 million people had registered, out of 18 million eligible voters.

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