The Kenyan government has beefed up security ahead of the by-elections for the coastal constituency of Malindi located some 120 kilometres north of Mombasa on Monday.
Addressing the media after chairing a security and intelligence committee meeting saturday, Coast Region Co-ordinator Nelson Marwa said security had been enhanced across the constituency to ensure peaceful elections.
Marwa said security surveillance and intelligence gathering had been enhanced to ensure an incident free election. “The Police will intensify car, air and foot patrols before, during and after the mini-polls to deal with anybody bent on disrupting the by-election,” he said.
Flanked by Kilifi County Commissioner Joseph Keter and Coast Region police commander Francis Wanjohi, Marwa said several security checkpoints were being mounted in and around Malindi to ensure that nothing untoward happened during polling.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinnet on Friday assured Kenyans that security measures had been put in place to ensure a smooth exercise during the Kericho County and Malindi Constituency by-elections on Monday.
Boinnet said well-equipped security personnel already on the ground were on high alert and the security personnel would remain in the two areas until after election results were announced.