Principal Secretary for Interior Dr. Karanja Kibicho has said that no administrative personnel has been coerced to campaign for any political party.
While speaking to Migori County Security Committee at Migori Teacher’s Training College Kibicho said that the government will always be neutral and their mandate was to serve the general public.
The PS noted that the government will provide security and support to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure that it delivers free, fair and credible results.
“The government will give citizens free space to express their views during the Election Day to exercise their constitutional mandate,” said Kibicho.
He said that the government will ensure that voters have security and an enabling environment to make their willful decision.
Kibicho said that the country had a requirement of about 70,000 police officers across the country to ensure that the general election is conducted in a secure environment.
He added that already police officers have been assigned to IEBC through a gazette notice to ensure that security during the election is up to date.
The official noted that the Security Advisory Committee both at the National, Regional and County levels will work in unison to ensure elections are conducted in a peaceful environment.
“I am very pleased that Migori County has adequately prepared well for the forthcoming elections to ensure that IEBC carries its constitutional mandate.
Kibicho assured the public that the government will give IEBC full support to ensure elections are carried out according to the rules and regulations set by the electoral body.
On the issue of hotspots locations in the country, Kibicho emphasised that Migori was not a hotspot county and according to security briefs there were no reports indicating that the county will witness any form of violence.
He said that the Nyanza Region has an electioneering energy that should not be confused with violence or hotspot tag.
By Geoffrey Makokha