The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: Police Trained to Solve Poll Snags

Senior police officers and APs in Upper Eastern were yesterday trained on election offences.

Regional Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission coordinator James Mwangi said the training will help enhance coordination and adequately manage issues arising in the elections.

He said the officers will brief their teams on election malpracrices and work closely with the election officials to ensure free and fair polls. Mwangi was addressing regular police and AP bosses at Isiolo Bomen Hotel.

He asked the officers to be on lookout for politicians who disregard the Public Order Act and ensure they follow the laid down procedures and stick to the campaign timetables into avert violence.

"We want you to be up to task especially during the voting day and after the general elections by providing security to ensure that we have free and fair process," said the coordinator.

The coordinator called upon the officers to work closely with the newly-recruited election officials adding that his office will soon train more than 3,500 successful applicants for presiding officers, their deputies and clerks. The meeting was facilitated by the Electoral Support Assistance Programme in partnership with the IEBC.

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