My Voter Story

Edwin Kuria: We’ll Be Watching You

It is every Kenyan’s expectation and hope that the leaders they elect in the upcoming General Elections will live up to a certain set of values and deliver on the promises they made during the campaigns. Edwin Kuria, a first-time voter, is hoping that his vote will bring about change in the tide of what’s been happening in the country. For him, it’s about zero tolerance towards corruption, fairness and equity.

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Caroline Aoko: My Silent Cry As A Deaf

The hearing community in Kenya has long been deaf to the needs of deaf people. Among the most neglected is the need to give the deaf priority to vote during elections. Caroline Aoko has experienced this first hand. As Kenyans go the polls on 8th August 2017, she plans to use her vote to amplify the voice of the deaf and create more awareness about their plight.

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My Voter Story: Jane Mbithe

For Jane Mbithe, a Mathare resident, the rising cost of living which has seen the price of the commodities she sells at her small business rise, has convinced her that her vote is her ultimate weapon; the one thing she can hold on to and use to be heard by the government of the day. She’s taken bribes before but in this upcoming election, like in 2013, she won’t be taking anybody’s bribe in order to vote.

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I Vied And Lost But Will Vote Anyway

In 2013, Africa Uncensored’s cameraman Elijah Kanyi​ vied for the parliamentary seat in Mathare Constituency, Nairobi but lost. His decision was informed by the desire to transform the place he was born and raised. In his #MyVoterStory, he explains why he is not seeking any elective post this time round but will still cast the ballot nonetheless on 8th August 2017.

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Peris Wairimu: I Won’t Let Politicians Use Me

It is less than five months before Kenyans go to the polls. With the electoral management system yet to be put in place, some registered voters feel that the country is not adequately prepared to hold free, fair and credible polls. One such voter is Peris Wairimu, a media student who will be casting her ballot for the first time. She states in her #MyVoterStory that she will vote only if the electoral system will be infallible. She also vows not to be manipulated by politicians.

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Michael Ng’ang’a: I Will Be Voting For Change

The countdown is on. Kenyans have exactly 136 days to the General Election that will be held on 8th August 2017. Who you vote for and where you vote is a personal choice but who comes to power will have ramifications on how the country is governed. Today on the #MyVoterStory segment, we feature Michael Ng’ang’a, a registered voter in Dagoretti, Nairobi County.

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Lillian Mbuthia: I Won’t Elect “Miracle Workers”

A number of Kenyan registered voters are still undecided on whether to take part in the 7th August General Election or not, and if they do, who to vote for. Lillian Mbuthia, a registered voter in Nakuru County, is one of them but hopes to have made up her mind by the time of casting the ballot. In her #MyVoterStory, she highlights what she will be expecting from the elected leaders.

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Godfrey Ouma: Sitachagua Vyama Bali Viongozi Waadilifu

Katika historia ya Uchaguzi Mkuu nchini Kenya, idadi kubwa ya wapiga kura imekuwa ikizingatia vyama au mirengo ya kisiasa kuliko sifa za watafutao uongozi.   Hii leo kwenye makala ya #UpigajiKuraWangu, Godfrey Ouma anaeleza kwa nini hataegemea vyama vya siasa atakapokuwa akichagua viongozi tarehe 8 Agosti 2017.

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I’ll Be Voting For The “Lesser Evil”

As Kenya’s General Election approaches, the pool of candidates from which voters will choose keeps widening. This week on #MyVoterStory, Lillian Ng’ang’a, a 22-year old University student, explains why she has resigned to there being bad leaders in Kenya. She will be voting for the “lesser” evil leaders on 8th August 2017.

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My Voter Story: Philip Murgor

Ethnicity is a major factor in Kenyan politics. Tribes are seen more as singular voting blocs than as communities of people with diverse political views and interests, and politicians do not seem keen on changing this. Will Kenya outgrow this? In #MyVoterStory segment this week, we feature Philip Murgor, a Kenyan lawyer who says he will run for President in this year’s election. He equates democracy in the East African nation to Cancer.

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