Kenya police identify election violence hotspots

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Kenya police crack down on protesters

By Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI: Police have mapped out areas that are likely to experience election violence during October election repeat.

Kisumu and Siaya, as well as parts of Nairobi and Mombasa counties have been identified as electoral hotspots.

Police have also put in place fresh security measures to protect voters and election officials before the Election Day.

Police Spokesman George Kinoti was quoted by Daily Nation that police officers will now be on look for attack on voters, people preventing others from voting, blocking roads to polling stations and attack on election officials.

Other offences, listed by the police include preventing transportation of voting materials, rioting and destruction of government and private property.

“All those risks have been appreciated and are factored in the reviewed operational plan. Police anticipate such attacks would be in isolated places. Security measures are in place in readiness for any eventuality. Any threat will be mitigated by ensuring action is taken before it happens,” Kinoti was quoted by the Daily Nation.

On Tuesday, a mob attacked members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission who training for the polls in Kisumu and Siaya counties.

The attackers who vandalized tents and chairs where the training was ongoing were raiding on bicycles.

Kinoti said police officers have been put on alert to “take action” against anyone or a group of persons attempting to disrupt the work of IEBC.

The police warning comes when the opposition Nasa is saying that elections will not take place while the ruling Jubilee has asked its supporters to turn out in the repeat poll and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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