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Four dead in poll violence

Inspector General of Police says 86 suspects have been arrested over various election offences during the voting exercise

Four people have been confirmed dead while 13 others were injured following violent protests that marred the repeat presidential poll held on Thursday.

While confirming the causalities, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said 86 suspects have been arrested over various elections offences during the voting exercise. Six police officers have been maimed and are receiving treatment in various hospitals in the country after they clashed with rowdy protestors who were opposed to the repeat poll.

Although Boinnet did not give names of those shot dead, he said one of the victims, George Odhia from Obunga estate in Kisumu succumbed to gunshot wounds at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital.

In a statement signed by Police Spokesman George Kinoti on his behalf, Boinnet said voting was disrupted in some parts of the country while in others, electoral commission officials sabotaged the exercise.

In Kisumu, a riotous mob stoned a bus ferrying NYS officers to Kericho county, injuring one serviceman. Boinnet said the police dispersed the rioters who later attempted to attack servicemen at the NYS Mamboleo camp but were repulsed by police.

In Migori, demonstrators barricaded the Kisii-Migori-Sirare road with rocks and stoned motorists. Police reports said they destroyed the windscreen of three police vehicles and pelted police officers guarding Equity Bank with stones.

Boinnet said no election materials left the Siaya county tallying centres for the polling centres, ad assured that the police are still guarding the materials. In Kibra constituency, Nairobi four polling stations namely Olympic Kibera Primary, Olympic Secondary School, PAG Church Olympic and KAG Church Olympic were not opened.

Boinnet said the roads leading to the aforementioned polling centres were barricaded with trees that were felled at night. In Mombasa, voting went on well in Changamwe and Jomvu constituencies except for St Marys Bangladesh where rowdy youths blocked the entrance to the polling centre forcing the IEBC officials to suspend the exercise while arrangements we made to manage the situation.

Boinnet said their key focus was ensure that peace and tranquillity prevails before, during and after the election period “We also focused on providing security for safe delivery of all election materials to and from all polling stations and finally to the tallying centers as well as enforcing all electoral laws,” he said.

“It should also be known that the Service serves all the Kenyan people in strict fidelity to the law and will always act without any partiality or regard to political affiliation,” he added. In Kitui, police were forced to break a padlock to gain entry into Yatonza Primary School after they found the gate locked with a chain and a padlock with a notice which read “ no election, try your life”.

And in Siaya, the election was called off since all the IEBC officials failed to turn up, allegedly for fear of their lives. No election materials left the county Tallying Centres for the Polling Centres and are still guarding the materials.

Boinnet disclosed that voting went on well in Changamwe and Jomvu constituencies except in St Marys Bangladesh where rowdy youths blocked the entrance to the polling centre forcing the IEBC officials to suspend the exercise while arrangements we made to manage the situation.

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