Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has asked Kenyans to remain calm before, during and after the voting exercise today.He made a passionate appeal to Kenyans to choose to keep the peace rather get agitated during this historic election.
"The latest you should get home (Sunday) should be 6pm, so that you sit with your family and even throw a party," Kimaiyo said.He asked people to avoid staying up to late in social places.
Kimaiyo was speaking at Nairobi's All Saints Cathedral where he attended a service dedicated to the new Kenya Police Service yesterday.
"After casting your vote, it is good again to join your family at home and watch election results that would have started to trickle in," he said.
Kimaiyo said police officers deployed across the country "will lead by serving the people during elections"."Leaders also should lead their people in keeping peace."
He said the police force is adequately prepared for the polls.An estimated 90,000 police officers have been deployed to oversee this election.
Anglican Church of Kenya Archibishop Eliud Wabukala asked Kenyans to remain calm."These elections provide an opportunity for Kenyans to have a fresh start," he said.
Wabukala asked candidates and the public to accept the election results.Lawyer PLO Lumumba, who delivered the sermon, said there will be peace this time after elections because Kenyans have prayed like never before for the last five years.
"Though there are Doubting Thomases who still think Kenya will go to the dogs, this will not happen since individuals have vowed for peace," Lumumba, a Lay Leader at the Cathedral said.Kimaiyo thanked Kenyans for keeping peace so far.