It is now evident more than 3.5 million young Kenyans who acquired national identity cards recently, for one reason or another, failed to register as voters, with only six months to the General Election.
It is not in doubt that the youth are the backbone of any political system in the world. They form the majority of voters; they are the most affected by government policies and equally, they stand to benefit the most when the leadership is right.
Despite the above, youthful Kenyans seem aloof when it comes to determining the next crop of leaders but they are at the forefront of the campaigns, engaged in temporary jobs for politicians. In some instances, they have been used to cause violence or deface campaign materials of opponents. This has been the narrative for the longest time when it comes to the young people in Kenya; being detached from politics.
But in reality, the situation is more complex than that. The youth have often been ignored until the campaign period, with most of their concerns – from unemployment to poverty – cast aside, only to emerge as election promises that never pan out.
Unless a new strategy is found, this will be the trend, a cycle of complaining of voter apathy every election year yet nothing is done to address burning issues.
Nonetheless, the Mt Kenya region still registered a high number of new voters with all votes totalling 5.85 million votes.
What do you think caused the low voter registration among the youth in Kenya?
Meanwhile, here are stories making headlines on Opera News today:
DP Ruto Forced to Take Action After a Mole Allegedly Recorded and Leaked his Secret Meetings
In recent times, deputy president William Ruto has been known to conduct high profile meetings at his official Karen residence with some of his supporters in the country.
He has been receiving huge delegations of leaders some of them who have been Decamping from other political parties such as Jubilee and ODM party.
However, even as all these politicians decamp, it has emerged that some of them have not been genuine all along and they have been sent to him as spies by the opponents of the second in command.
Azimio Distances Itself From DP Ruto’s Suicide Remarks by Atwoli, Reveals Why UDA is Protesting
The press secretary for Raila Odinga’s presidential campaign secretariat Dennis Onsarigo has finally broken his silence over the protests from Deputy President William Ruto and his brigade following COTU Secretary-general Francis Atwoli suicide remarks in Mombasa yesterday.
According to Citizen Tv reports, Mr Onsarigo has warned the Kenya Kwanza brigade for attaching the blame to Mr Odinga’s led Azimio la Umoja movement for the non-existent violence as uttered by Atwoli.
Onsarigo added that the DP’s camp is protesting the harmless remarks since they are sensing a defeat.
Bad News For Ruto as Details Emerge on What His Allies Are Planning to do on 25th
Ruto has been seen to succeed in taking away a section of members of the ruling Jubilee Party, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, into UDA after he decided to informally leave Jubilee over alleged mistreatment.
But Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has revealed that the situation will soon to some extent be reversed, hinting that some of these people are on their way back to the ruling outfit.
The Cabinet Secretary Without Portfolio told The Standard that a number will be seen attending the party’s National Delegates Convention (NDC) meeting set to be held in Nairobi on February 25 and 26.