After Dissing Voter ID in the US, Obama Green Lights it in THIS African Country
In a stunning display of hypocrisy, the White House is backing a voter identification program – in Kenya. The Democrats have fought voter identification attempts here in the United States. But, now it appears the Obama Administration is giving its approval to similar requests in Africa.
The Daily Caller reported on the story after noticing it on a White House Fact Sheet.
The fact sheet, entitled: “U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa,” reads: “The United States strongly supports the great strides many African countries have made to ensure good governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights. We commend the progress they have made to broaden political participation and improve governance, and will remain a steady partner as they continue to work to strengthen electoral processes.”
The administration then cited an example of improved political processes. “In Kenya, the $53 million Yes Youth Can program empowers nearly one million Kenyan youth to use their voices for advocacy in national and local policy-making, while also creating economic opportunities. In advance of Kenya’s March 2013 general elections, Yes Youth Can’s ‘My ID My Life’ campaign helped 500,000 youth obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration, and carried out a successful nationwide campaign with Kenyan civic organizations to elicit peace pledges from all presidential aspirants.”
There have been multiple cases of voter fraud here in the United States because of lax voter identification, much of which could have been resolved with tighter laws. But, the Obama Administration fights those efforts, instead promoting this one in Kenya.
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H/T: The Daily Caller