IEBC to assess security in Opposition strongholds

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will hold a meeting on Monday to assess the security situation in some NASA strongholds ahead of the October 26 fresh presidential poll.

The meeting comes in the wake of attacks on its officials last week in Kisumu and Siaya.

NASA leaders vowed that they will not allow the poll to take place with NASA leader Raila Odinga promising to make a major announcement on the eve of the election.

Police listed Kisumu, Siaya, parts of Nairobi and Mombasa counties as electoral hot-spots ahead of the October 26 election.

Police Spokesman George Kinoti said that due to the prevailing political situation, police have put in place necessary security arrangements aimed at protecting voters and election officials before, during and after the poll.

He said officers will now be on the lookout for attacks on voters, people preventing others from voting, blocking roads to polling stations and attack on election officials in the hotspots.

Other offences include preventing transportation of voting materials as well as rioting and destruction of government and private property.

The Opposition NASA has maintained that elections will not take place while Jubilee has asked its supporters to turn out in large numbers and participate in the repeat poll and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

During the Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta however said that his administration is ready to provide security during the exercise and will not tolerate any disruptions.

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