June 29th 2017

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Nakuru quarry workers paid so little they can't spare time off to register as voters

Speaking to journalists, the youths said that most of them have not acquired national identification cards owing to charred fingerprints, while those whose palms are still intact are just too busy to visit a registration centre.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comThursday, 19 Jan 2017 10:25 EAT

Many youths working in quarries within Bahati constituency of Nakuru County may fail to participate in the forthcoming general elections as they claim they don’t have time to register as voters. Speaking to journalists, the youths said that most of them have not acquired national identification cards owing to charred fingerprints, while those whose palms are still intact are just too busy to visit a registration centre.

The youths said that they are paid according to their output and therefore leaving work to register as voters would mean that they will earn little money. They said that that although they have the desire to register and participate in the 2017 general elections, their families also need to feed thus the need to spend more time working in order to get a meaningful wage. A spot check revealed that workers are paid Sh4 per foot of building stone extracted from the quarry.

They called on IEBC and National registration bureau officials to consider visiting the many quarries in the area in order to register those operating there. Last year, about 200 youths who were working in the quarries were issued with identification cards after the media highlighted the matter. The youth’s concerns come in the wake of low turnout for the voter registration exercise which commenced on Monday this week.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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