The Kenyan government has unveiled a security contingency plan in the event of violence after the March 4th elections, Kenya's Capital FM reported Thursday (February 21st).
The Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security and the Ministry of Special Programmes have enacted plans to train 500 police officers on intelligence gathering, crowd management and enforcement of electoral laws. Hospitals will also be prepared to handle victims and stadiums readied to treat trauma patients.
The plan incorporates lessons learned from the 2007-2008 post-election violence, in which security services were caught unprepared. Special attention will be given to the Nairobi, North Rift, South Rift and Nyanza regions.
"This year the police, with experience from past elections, have put in place elaborate security measures to enable peaceful campaigns and voting to be conducted," said a summary of the report. "With the election process in place, any practice that is likely to suggest that the process is not fair or credible is a great risk. The process consequently is ultimately an important aspect that requires keen monitoring by all stakeholders."