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Kenya:One arrested during chaos at Kisumu voter listing centre

Aman was arrested in Kisumu on Tuesday after a voter registration exercise turned chaotic.

Residents said youths violently forced them to register, prompting the arrest by Flying Squad police.

Kisumu residents during the chaos that erupted during a voter registration exercise at the bus park, January 31, 2017. /FAITH MATETE

The locals then lit fires and made noisy demands for their friend to be released.

They claimed the voter listing at the bus park had been peaceful.

One said they stuck with their agreement during a meeting the previous day, for everyone to have an ID and voters card.

The man was taken to Kisumu Central police station but was released after OCS John Thiringi and an ODM official intervened.

Police respond to chaos during a voter registration exercise in Kisumu, January 31, 2017. /COURTESY

Thiringi ended the chaos but asked the people to maintain peace and not interfere with activities at the bus park.

The youths put out the fire they had set at the bus park after his call.

“There is need for us to work together to ensure people register as voters,” said the OCS.

Kisumu City Residents Voice chairman Audi Ogada said police should stop interfering with youths mobilising people to get listen in the exercise that will end on February 14.

©Alleastafrica and The Star

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