Leaders urge residents to keep off polling centres on Thursday

Siaya politicians led by Ugunja legislator, Opiyo Wandayi have called on the locals to stay away from polling centres on Thursday to avoid falling victim to police brutality.

The leaders alleged that there were plans to unleash dreaded crack police units to terrorise those opposed to the repeat presidential elections slated for October 26.

They were speaking at Ugunja constituency development fund office when they met youths and local leaders to plan a mass boycott of the exercise on Sunday.

The leaders, among them members of the Siaya county assembly, Joseph Wandera (Sidindi), Peter Odero (Ugunja) and Andrew Omwende (nominated) alleged that county commissioners had been tasked with ensuring that their juniors intimidate and coerce those opposed to the elections into voting.

They said no amount of intimidation will force Siaya residents into participating in the elections that they alleged had already been skewed in favour of the ruling Jubilee Party.

We are instructing our supporters to keep in doors to avoid being hauled into polling stations to vote by force, said Wandayi.

Omwende who represents people living with disability at the county assembly cautioned those with disability to be cautious on the polling day.

Whenever there is violence, it is the people with disability who suffer most and I am urging people living with disability like myself to keep off polling centres, said Omwende.

Omwende claimed the Jubilee party, through government functionaries was offering handsome payment to people who will volunteer as its agents but cautioned the locals against being the party’s agents.

Source: Kenya News Agency