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IEBC warns against disrupting Kiambaa by-elections


KNA   The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati has warned against any attempts to disrupt the Kiambaa and Muguga by-elections slated for  July 15.


 Chebukati  was speaking after a consultative meeting with  nationalgovernment administration and security officers at the Office of the County Commissioner in Kiambu. 


Addressing the press, the chairman assured the public that plans are in place to ensure that the elections are carried out in a safe environment.


 “It is important that we work with various stakeholders such as security agencies and the administration to ensure that the by-election is free and fair,” he said.


 The IEBC chair pointed out that the police will only be present to provide security saying that the commission’s Presiding Officers  will be in charge of the various polling centres.


 IEBC commissioner Abdi Guliye however warned those planning to cause chaos revealing that plans have been put in place to foil tensions.


“We will not allow any chaos to take place in the upcoming by-elections,” he said.


“We will have two police officers manning the polling stations and tallying centres but we will have a stand-by force in place in case anything goes wrong,” he said.

 Kiambu County Police Commander Ali Nuno who was also present confirmed of the security situation but declined to give further details citing security reasons


. He however assured voters of their security as they head to the polling centres to exercise their constitutional rights.


 As part of their efforts to ensure the exercise is free and fair, Chebukati said that only authorised persons will be allowed to access the polling stations and tallying centres.


 At polling stations, they will only allow voters, election officials, accredited agents, observers and media personnel. The same will apply to tallying centers where candidates will get access.


 The IEBC chairperson warned against persons who he identified as ‘super-agents’ from coming to polling stations


. “We will not allow ‘super-agents’ who come with goons to disrupt the process,” he said.


 The meeting that lasted slightly over an hour was chaired by Kiambaa Deputy County Commissioner Peter Maina. IEBC commissioner Boya Molu was also present at the meeting. 



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