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Churches ask for more time for elector registration

Posted on: February 28, 1997 3:48 PM
Related Categories: Kenya

Further to calls by the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and the Roman Catholic Church in Kenya for an extension to the deadline for the issue of new generation ofidentity cards, the President of Kenya extended the deadline by a month to the end of February. But Church leaders have again called for a further extension. The cards are a requirement for voter registration for national elections.

The Provost of All Saints Anglican Cathedral, the Revd Canon Peter Njoka, said:"Definitely one month will not be enough. we need more time for this exercise and it is my hope that President Moi will reconsider the idea of extending the current deadline for the exercise if requested to do so by Kenyans." The Church compound is housing one of the nation-wide centres that have been set up for the registration.

An official at the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) told APS in an interview:"We are currently engaged in monitoring what is going on in the exercise. We have our people on the ground and we would not be able to issue a statement before they are back from the field."