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Cast ballot and return home, PPO tells voters

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY CALVIN ONSARIGO

Coast provincial police boss Aggrey Adoli has said his officers will not allow idling around polling stations.Adoli asked voters to vote and return home. “No voter will be allowed to hang around a polling station after casting his or her ballot. Political parties should also be warned against allowing supporters to cluster around voting venues,” said Adoli.

Speaking in his office, Adoli said police are prepared to ensure no loss of life or property occurs.

The government has deployed GSU, Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) from Administration Police and Anti-Stock Theft Unit officers to Mombasa and Kwale.

Other officers are drawn from Kenya Police, Kenya Prisons Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Service and the National Youth Service.

Hundreds of GSU officers were at the weekend spotted patrolling the streets of Mombasa and other areas, including the Jomo Kenyatta public beach.

“We have mapped the entire region and prioritised certain areas and dispatched enough officers. We are up to task for the election,” he said.

A contingent of 300 special officers arrived in Mombasa yesterday from the police headquarters in Nairobi.Senior assistant police commissioner John Kibeny will oversee the operation in Kwale county.

Msambweni police boss Jack Ekakuro said a contingent of officers has been deployed to parts of the county to thwart possible violence during and after the election.

He dismissed claims that the Mombasa Republican Council are regrouping to disrupt the exercise.Adoli said three choppers will be stationed in areas perceived to be MRC strongholds and Tana Delta that has recently witnessed inter-clan clashes.