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Uber to Offer Free Rides to Persons With Disabilities on Election Day


Uber Kenya has partnered with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ferry Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to and from their respective polling stations in Nairobi, Thika and Mombasa on August 8, 2017, free of charge.

The taxi hailing company, which has been operating in the country since 2015, will also give all new and existing riders a KSh 200 discount to and from their polling stations on voting day in the cities that it is currently present in Kenya.

These offers will apply between 6am and 6pm on Tuesday, 8 August 2017.

Teaming up with IEBC and the United Disabled Persons of Kenya(UDPK), Uber will provide a special code with two free rides to and from polling stations for all PLWD voters registered with IEBC in Nairobi, Thika and Mombasa.

The company will also give all riders a discount on voting day.  The offer will give each rider KES 200 off for one trip to a polling station and KES 200 off for one trip from the polling station.

All new and existing Uber riders will be required to request an Uber ride, go to the promotions tab in the app enter the promo code VOTEKE2017 in the app’s promotion tab in order to enjoy the offer.

Uber has also set up an in-app notification which will be reminding citizens to vote on the voting day

As part of the partnership, Uber will encourage driver-partners to distribute amongst riders, IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials in their vehicles. These Voter education Materials will be available at the Uber GLH (Green Light Hubs) for driver-partners who are interested in distributing them.

Aside from Kenya, Uber has in the recent past offered similar discounts to riders on elections day in South Africa and in the UK.

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Written by Robert

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