Migori residents crying foul of double standards at the national ID registration offices.
As the ongoing second phase of the voter registration exercise is almost coming to a closure, hundreds of Migori residents who have not yet registered are accusing the local administrators of sabotaging their efforts to exercise their democratic rights.
A section of those who have not registered said that they have not done so due to lack of the national identity card which is a prerequisite for one to register as a voter.
They said that the local administrators have been a stumbling block for those who have been attempting to obtain the ID cards.
Some said the chiefs and their assistants solicit for bribes from applicants and those who can’t meet their demands are not attended to, something which has left many people stranded in the region.
A spot check done by the media today revealed that thousands of those who turned up today for the national ID cars vetting exercise by the local administrators were not attended to as the chiefs and their assistants are alleged to have been out of office, on personal commitments .
Mary Atieno, who have been following up on the issue of her ID for three months says that has always been looking for her chief to stamp her application but all in vain. The officers responsible for the exercise, she says have been telling her to keep waiting, all she seems to have lost hope, just like many .
James odede, who has also been struggling to replace his lost identity card since april last year is also a frustrated man. Despite having met all the requirements, he has not succeeded in obtaining the ID card. The local administrators here he says, have put double standards for anyone applying for the national id card.