Baraka Karama @PeopleDailyKe
With less than two weeks to the General Election, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has formed a special team in his strongholds that will ensure that all registered voters cast their ballot.
The team comprises Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominees for respective seats, party officials, religious leaders and chairman of various youth groups. The team has already hit the ground running in Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori counties.
Nyanza presidential campaign team chairman Bob Madanji told the People Daily that already the team has identified registered voters who need help to access polling stations within their respective wards. He also said the team has already implemented the adopt-a- polling station’ strategy to guard its presidential votes.
“This programme is being done all over the country where Nasa is confident of getting more votes during the election,” Madanji said. Speaking during a rally in Homa Bay Stadium last week, Raila urged registered voters to ensure that they cast their votes saying that in the past elections, his strongholds registered low voter turnout.
Meanwhile, an ODM MP has said Nasa affiliate parties will not be coerced to drop their plan to deploy agents in polling centres to guard against rigging.
ODM secretary for political affairs and Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi said the Opposition will defy the warnings from the acting Cabinet secretary for Interior, Dr Fred Matiang’i to keep off polling stations once they cast their vote. The CS has outlawed idlers and other non-accredited people around and within polling centres.
Speaking at Magoya/Rambula trading centre in his Ugunja constituency on Sunday, Wandayi said there was nothing illegal for Nasa to implement its “adopt a polling station,” strategy to ensure that malpractices do not take place. “Come August 8, 2017, we will deploy our agents in all polling stations across the country,” he said.