Are you registered as a voter? Top 6 Reasons why you Should

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The first phase of Mass Voter Registration failed to reach the desired result of four million new voters and only managed to register 1,428,046  which represented 34 percent of its national target. The second phase of Mass Voter Registration just kicked off and most Kenyans who did not register during the first phase which ran from 15th Feb, 2016 to March 15th, 2016  now have an opportunity to register. But how important is it for every person who has attained the age of majority to register? Here are 5 reasons why you should not be left out during this voter registration:

  1. It gives you an opportunity to Vote

In order to vote, you must be a registered voter. Failing to register as a voter simply means you cannot vote. Your details need to be captured in the electoral register to be considered a voter and only then can you participate in the general or by-elections.

  1. It allows you to vie for Electoral Office

One of the qualifications for vying for electoral office is being a registered voter.If you have political ambitions, you need to register and participate in political party activities, if you are do not plan to vie as an independent candidate, to increase your chances of getting a party nomination.

  1. It enables you safeguard the Rights and Freedoms

The core of a democracy is the right to vote. This makes voting one of the fundamental rights and freedoms in the Constitution of Kenya. However, this right would be meaningless if citizens who are of age fail to register as voters because they would not be in a position to exercise their democratic right.

  1. It gives Legitimacy to Leaders

Voting allows people to elect their leaders. By doing so, voters consent to be led by whoever they have chosen. In the process, they also reject those who they feel do not sufficiently represent their interests. This is why by not voting, a citizens is seen to  be voting in bad leaders.

  1. It gives you the Right to Nominate Candidates

Candidates who ultimately appear on ballot papers are nominated by members of political parties. To be a member of a political party, you need to be a registered voter so that you can add value and strengthen the political. Party members members can only participate in the nomination process when they are registered voters.

  1. It gives you a Voice

Registering as voters gives citizens a voice on important issues that affects.  For instance, during the 2010 referendum, only Kenyans who had registered as voters got to vote for or against the proposed constitution.  It also gives citizens the right and authority to hold elected leaders to account.

Any other reason why every citizen should register as a voter, leave a comment below

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  1. Clara 4 February, 2017 at 09:17 Reply

    this is motivating information because it make me to think of the qualities of good leader and also to exercise my constitutional rights. though i have yet to decide who i will vote for

  2. George 5 February, 2017 at 02:37 Reply

    I feel really sorry when I hear people saying they will not register as voters since they do not believe it would make a difference. I am now glad I can share this information with them. Good work!

  3. Maurice Kariuki 5 February, 2017 at 17:32 Reply

    More people need to know benefits of registering as a voter so as to ensure every citizen has a voice and is able to vote for the leader of their choice

  4. Lemuel 7 February, 2017 at 12:45 Reply

    My fellow youths should see this one. Eneyewe tumekuwa tu ignorant kwa hizi story hadi tunalenga kuregister assuming it only benefits the aspiring leaders.

  5. jecinta 7 February, 2017 at 23:09 Reply

    the information is building but it is tricky process though why should i register and i know some leaders will rig the election and be swone in as my leader even though the are not suitable

  6. Daniel 10 February, 2017 at 09:28 Reply

    i have already registered as a voter yes what good is it of any importance to vote because i know the leader whom i wish to vote for will not win

  7. Jane 11 February, 2017 at 11:15 Reply

    Good information here! Personally, I had decided not to register as a voter since I didn’t know the essence but after reading this article, I will be making my way to register ASAP!

  8. victor 11 February, 2017 at 21:23 Reply

    my vote has a power to deliver change in the country and in the region i am waiting for that opportunity because it will be my first time exercising this right but still i don’t know whom is the right person for the seat anyway

  9. dan 14 February, 2017 at 07:59 Reply

    i have already registered as a voter yes what good is it of any importance to vote because i know the leader whom i wish to vote for will not win

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