In Summary

  • They said the campaign period has largely been peaceful.
  • They said there are no indications that violence could erupt during the polls next week.
  • Kisii County IEBC Returning Officer Sydney Namlungu assured the leaders of a free and fair voting process.

Leaders from Kisii County have rebuffed reports flagging the region as potential hotspot for electoral violence.

They said there have been no violent incidences reported in the county in the recent past to warrant the listing.

Speaking at an IEBC induction session Thursday afternoon, the leaders, among them Governor James Ongwae, said the campaign period has largely been peaceful.

They said there are no indications that violence could erupt during the polls next week.

“There is absolutely no reason to worry,” Governor Ongwae told Nation on the side-lines of athe IEBC induction meeting.

Other governorship candidates among them Manson Nyamweya (KNC), Charles Maranga (MDP) and Boniface Omboto (MCC) also attended the IEBC sensitisation forum held at Nyakoe Hotel in Kisii.

SECURITY

Mr Ongwae, who is defending his seat on an ODM Party ticket, said there is no need for security agencies to use the listing of hotspot areas as an excuse to deploy soldiers who may scare away voters.

“This is an excuse that someone wants to use and send soldiers who would end up scaring away the voters. As candidates we don’t want our people to stay at home for non-existent fears. We want them to turn out in large numbers and vote for their leaders,” said Mr Ongwae.

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