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Azimio targets 15M votes in the presidential race

Saturday, June 25th, 2022 04:04 | By
Azimio's Raila Odinga at past rally. PHOTO/Courtesy
Azimio's Raila Odinga at past rally. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance has revealed that it is targeting to garner at least 15 million votes in the Presidential race, out of the possible 22 million.

In a statement after a council meeting held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Friday, June 24, 2022, the coalition political party said that it was confident of winning the August polls and forming the next government.

In preparation for the final tussle in the 2022 succession politics, the council directed the National Coalition Executive Committee to scrutinise the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) voter register and submit a report by June 28, 2022.

"After reviewing various reports regarding the party’s ongoing campaign preparations for the general election and other matters related to the election, the council noted that the 2022 voters register had now been published in the Kenya Gazette and directed the National Coalition Executive Committee together with the Presidential Campaign Secretariat to interrogate the data further and report their observations back to the council by 28th June 2022," the statement read in part.

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The council also discussed and approved a strategy to synergize the strength brought by each party to the coalition by rationalizing and harmonizing candidates in all elective positions and mandated each constituent party to implement the strategy.

The council also urged all Azimio supporters and Kenyans to engage in peaceful campaigns characterized by respect for dissent and the views of others.

"The council exhorted all Azimio supporters and indeed all Kenyans to engage in peaceful campaigns characterized by respect for dissent and the views of others which are the only means of ensuring a stable post-election economic environment which is essential for a united, inclusive, fair and prosperous nation," added the statement.

According to the voter register released by IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday night, and published in a special Kenya Gazette notice, Kenya has 22,102,532 active voters are distributed across the 47 counties.

For political purposes, the areas can be clustered into ten regions based on geographical and ethnic arithmetics that have since independence shaped the country’s presidential elections.

The Nairobi metropolitan area has 2,415,310 voters, Mt Kenya region (4,716,120), North Rift (2,584,938), Western (2,217,948), Coast, (1,963,144), lower Eastern (1,554,655), Nakuru (1,054,856) voters, Maa region (962,071), Nyanza (2,160,385), Gusii (960,293), North Eastern (882,677) while Kericho and Bomet, which are part of South Rift have 805,052 voters.

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