No ID, no sex in Cord’s vote drive

Raila and AbabuCouples in Migori county have been urged to avoid sex until one or both partners acquire national ID and voters cards  to ensure Cord leader Raila Odinga wins the 2017 presidential poll.

In a three-day tour of the county over the weekend that covered five constituencies, ODM leaders urged residents to ensure sex is offered on the premise of having both the two documents.  “Any adult who has reached sexual maturity in Migori should not be offered any comfort of sex unless they have the two documents,” Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’ said.

Kajwang urged girls not to date or get married to men without IDs and voters cards as they can never “open a bank account or register for M-Pesa money transfer service”.  “Some jealous men have refused to allow their wives to get the document as they are afraid they may acquire an M-Pesa account and get money from their side lovers,” he said.

Homa Bay women’s representative Gladys Wanga said men should also send away their wives without IDs and women should “sleep facing the wall” until their husbands get the documents.  “We will also instruct elders not to allow any without an ID woman to be married in their homes,” she said.

Some Migori county MPs, including Edick Anyanga of Nyatike, John Kobado of Uriri, Jared Kopiyo of Awendo and Joseph Ndiege of Suna West said they will start up small “vigilante groups” in villages that will ensure people get IDs and register as voters.  According to data from the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Migori county has 283,997 voters, the lowest in Nyanza.

On Monday, at a separate event to campaign for voter registration at Macalder town in Nyatike, IEBC coordinator Moses Daula said according to last population census results, Migori county should have 692,402 registered voters by 2016.  Daula said voters registration in the county has been hampered by lack of IDs and voter apathy.


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