A section of leaders from Kiambu today joined the fray and petitioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC] to consider extending the voter registration exercise by at least two weeks.
Led by area Senator Kimani Wamatangi, former Limuru MP Peter Mwathi and Kiambaa parliamentary aspirant Kariri Wanjama among others, they said that the suspension of the exercise would lock out hundreds of thousands of eligible voters whose national Identity Cards are yet to be processed.
The leaders who spoke to us separately also urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leaders to intervene and pressurize the polls body to extend the noble exercise.
Wamatangi noted that it would also be unconstitutional for the polls body to stop the voter registration exercise owing to the fact that it is well stipulated in the elections Act that the same should be continuous.
He said that those who will not have registered by close of the mass registration process, today, should be allowed to register in Huduma centres and sub-county IEBC facilities across the country adding that the polls body has adequate time to clean up and audit the voter registers ahead of the August 8 polls.
Mwathi said that the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati would be breaking the law if he bars any willing Kenyan to register as a voter adding that suspension of voter registration should only be done 90 days before the election date.