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Confusion clouds poll preparedness in Nyanza

Confusion, anxiety and uncertainty gripped the poll preparedness in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori and Siaya as National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters threatened to stop today’s presidential poll. In Migori, chaos erupted as Nasa supporters blocked roads as they held demonstrations in the town.

The rowdy supporters, mostly youth, barricaded roads with boulders as they protested against today’s scheduled repeat presidential election. And in Siaya, the repeat poll was threatened to stall after presiding officers failed to show up in fear of reprisals. Returning officer Ruth Kulundu said she was waiting for communication from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobi on the next course of action.

She, however, assured that the commission is fully prepared for the fresh presidential poll and has received all the election materials. Alego Usonga Returning Officer Maurice Simiyu warned Siaya residents against storming polling stations to disrupt the elections. In Migori, vehicles transporting poll materials were unable to reach the destination, forcing most of them to remain parked outside the county IEBC offices.

IEBC official Charles Mutai described the situation as worrying and said they were waiting for advise from the IEBC headquarters to decide on whether to proceed with the poll or not.

Meanwhile, Nyanza Regional Coordinator Wilson Njega assured of adequate security in the region ahead of today’s fresh presidential election. He warned those found disrupting the election that they will not be spared, adding that culprits will be arrested and prosecuted.

Njega said security agencies in Nyanza will not tolerate acts of lawlessness, during and after the voting exercise. Speaking after a security meeting in Kisumu yesterday, Njega said enough security officers have been deployed in the region to ensure that the voting process goes on smoothly as planned.

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