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CC warns social media instigators

Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde has warned residents against spreading fake news in the social media that could cause tension in the county during this electioneering season.

Speaking in his office today, the commissioner said the security team will take action to any person who spreads incitive messages on social media.

He refuted claims circulating on social media that a certain Member of Parliamentary candidate had been arrested for voter bribery saying no such incident had been reported in the county.

“When we saw the allegations on social media, we dispersed our security team on the ground to confirm if there were any issues but found the rumors were false,” he said.

Masinde also confirmed that two police officers and a driver of a Sienta vehicle who were arrested transporting ballot papers in Kilgoris were released after investigations showed that they were genuine Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) personnel who were transporting the ballot papers to the Kilgoris GK prison.

He confirmed that security had been beefed in Kilgoris and Emurua Dikirr constituencies following an intelligence report and past history of violence in the area.

The commissioner who was in the company of the county police commander Kizito Mutoro said no major incident had been reported in the county since the polling began at 6am.

“We have not heard of any incident or arrested any person because of election malpractice. The voting has been moving on smoothly and we believe that the electoral process will end peacefully,” he said.

The county has experienced high voter turnout as long queues have been witnessed in the 885 polling centres in the county. The county has six constituencies, 30 wards with a total of 398, 754 registered voters.

By Ann Salaton

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