Security personnel deployed in Nakuru

More than four thousand security personnel have been deployed across all polling stations in Nakuru County to maintain order during tomorrow’s voting exercise in the county.

The Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said the officers will be expected to assist the poll officials, in maintaining order, in the 1806 polling stations across the county.

During a briefing for all the eleven Deputy County Commissioners in his office, Nkanatha said elaborate measures to ensure that the process was calm and smooth was started three months ago.

The administrator assured residents that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure an incident free exercise and that all goes on smoothly as planned.

At the same time Nkanatha said security agents have involved other security stakeholders in the county that include the church, boda boda operators, women and youth groups, community business as politicians to ensure that the security strategies being applied are understood and adhered to.

The Commissioner clarified that contrary to a section of media reports that people were fleeing for fear of electoral violence, most of those travelling upcountry had registered in their rural homes and so were going to cast their votes.

He also urged all those registered in Nakuru County to turn up for the exercise tomorrow morning without fear as their security was guaranteed.

He also directed police to deal decisively with those out to breach peace for political gains saying all Kenyans have a democratic right to vote without harassment or intimidation.

Source: Kenya News Agency