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Kenyans assured tight security during election - IEBC

01 August 2012, 13:23 Alloys Musyoka

Kenyans have been assured of tight security during forthcoming general election. According to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission training coordinator Andrew Limo said the commission has put up measures to ensure that Kenyans are protected during the general election and also making sure that the exercise runs smoothly across the country.

“Security in all polling stations across the country and especially the hot spot perceived areas will be granted and so Kenyans should be prepared to vote come the day,” he said.

Mr. Limo said the election is expected to be free and fair as it is undergoing through transparent process.

The IEBC Officer made the remarks during a media workshop on election coverage at Sai roc Hotel in Mombasa where he said some areas in the country will need tight security depending on the threats in the regions and previous experiences.

“Where as commission we know there might be insecurity tight security will be issued so that Kenyans can vote as a united country,’ he added.

Since security will be tight Limo said Kenyans should have no reasons not to participate fully in the elections urging those threatening to boycott elections instead to make a wise decision as that will not solve their problems.

“Those planning to boycott elections should instead think the other way round and vote because it is their constitutional rights to elect their leaders since boycotting elections will not solve their grievances,” he asserted.

Limo however advised journalist to be on the front line in preaching peace by reporting fairly.

“Journalist you have big role to play in making sure that general election is conducted peacefully by reporting fairly and objectively by not siding with any individual or group because our work is to inform Kenya accurately,” he advised.

He said scribes should be focused on reporting matters that will unite Kenyans as the country approach general election.

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