- Mutindika said they have adequate security measures in place to ensure safety of voters and that elections are conducted peacefully.
- Residents told to come out in large numbers on Tuesday and exercise their democratic right by voting leaders of their choice.
Nyanza Regional Commissioner Magu Mutindika has assured residents in the region of security during and after Tuesday's polls.
Mutindika said they have adequate security measures in place to ensure safety of voters and that elections are conducted peacefully.
He said the security officers are ready and prepared to facilitate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
“We have heightened security measures across the region for elections to be conducted in an environment of peace,” Mutindika said.
He also called on residents to come out in large numbers on Tuesday and exercise their democratic right by voting leaders of their choice.
“You should go to your respective polling stations and cast your votes because your security is guaranteed,” he added.
He spoke during a media briefing at his office accompanied by Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna on Friday.
Mutindika said he has spearheaded the establishment of strategies aimed at ensuring sustained unity and peaceful coexistence during and post-election in the region through a multi-agency team.
“We have deployed enough security in four areas profiled as possible hot spots on the borders of Kisumu and Nandi counties to contain any eventuality,” he said.
In addition, the commissioner said police officers manning polling stations, constituency and county tallying centres have been increased to uphold the integrity of the elections.
Mutindika said they have mobilised the required resources to enable timely and efficient deployment of officers to all polling stations.
The government has provided enough security to handle any emergency during the electioneering period. He asked residents to shun the incitements being spread by selfish politicians.
“Voters should vote without fear. The best way to elect the right leaders is through voting, leaders who will take the country forward,” Mutindika said.
Further, he advised residents saying elections come and go therefore they should remain united and promote peace.
Mutindika told candidates who feel aggrieved with the election outcome to challenge in court other than resorting to violence.
He also dismissed claims that chiefs were being used to rig elections saying chiefs have the responsibility to promote peace in their areas of jurisdiction, and not influence elections.