August 9

Go and bring votes from all Nyanza homes, Azimio leaders told

Monday, August 1st, 2022 02:00 | By
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Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o. PHOTO/Viola Kosome

Azimio-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga has told political leaders in his backyard to mobilise voters for next week’s General Election.

Governors from six counties — Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisii and Nyamira — have specifically been told to urge residents to vote for Raila and Azimio.

Already, vote centres have been established in all these counties.

Governors Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu) Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya) James Ongwae (Kisii) and Amos Nyaribo (Nyamira) have met all nominees of Azimio-One Kenya affiliated parties while executing this task.

Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko, who is eyeing the governorship, is leading the drive in his county after incumbent governor Okoth Obado decamped to Kenya Kwanza coalition.

Siaya Senator James Orengo and Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, who are currently vying for governorship positions in the two counties, have also been co-opted into the presidential vote mobilisation team.

The six counties have a total of 3,120,732 registered voters, according the latest data by the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Several opinion polls have placed Raila ahead of his main competitor, William Ruto of United Democratic Alliance (UDA), in the six counties.

 Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyongo, who met ODM nominees last Friday, said: “We want all nominees of the party within the entire county to mobilise each and every member of their wards to cast their votes. I have instructed them that all the votes must be cast that day”.

 Kisii Governor James Ongwae observed: “It’s the homestretch and, as a region, we have to deliver victory to our candidate by ensuring that the numbers we have are felt on the ballot”.

On his part, Azimio Secretary-General Junet Mohammed said: “It’s time we proved our competitors wrong. I am sure that each and every person who registered in our strongholds will vote. We have laid out plans to get people to vote that day”.

And Alego-Usonga MP Samwel Atandi noted: “In Siaya, we are doing door-to-door campaigns. We are also identifying the elderly who will need transport to polling stations”.

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