Uber to give disabled free ride to polling stations


Dubai-printed ballot papers arrive at the JKIA in Nairobi on July 18,2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

Taxi-hailing firm Uber will transport persons living with disabilities in Nairobi, Mombasa and Thika to and from their respective polling stations for free in a drive meant to encourage their participation in the August 8 polls.

Uber’s partnership with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will also see riders in the three towns get a Sh200 discount when they use Uber services to and from their polling stations after entering a promotion code.

Persons living with disabilities under the United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) will receive a special code to redeem the two rides.

“With the ease of Uber’s service, we hope to bring the ballot closer to riders    in Nairobi, Thika and Mombasa. Our mission is to support Kenyan voters in cities where we are present to make their mark by voting on August 8, 2017,” Uber’s general manager for East Africa Loïc Amado said in a statement.

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