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Private licensed firearms forbidden in polling stations

Murang’a County Police Commander (CPC) Ali Nuno has stated that for security reasons, private licensed firearm owners would not be allowed to carry their firearms to polling stations.

“The only guns allowed at polling stations are those wielded by police officers,” Karuku said.

Speaking to KNA, he said that police officers in the county had received election training in partnership with IEBC over the last three months at station and ward levels so they were well equipped to handle the election.

While assuring the residents of maximum security, Nuno stated that enough security officers had been deployed across the county and they were well prepared for any eventuality adding that the county had also received additional support officers from National Youth Service.

Nuno observed that the pre-election period had been peaceful with only one incident experienced in the county.

“We only had one incident where supporters of two gubernatorial candidates crashed and the incident was resolved promptly,” Nuno said,

The CPC attributed the success of the campaign period to a harmonized campaign schedule that security agencies in collaboration with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had prepared to guide the various aspirants.

“This campaign schedule ensured that the campaigns were peaceful as politicians did not bump into each other,” he said

Nuno commended all Murang’a aspirants for holding peaceful and mature campaigns devoid of any hate speech

Murang’a County has seven constituencies and a total of 1189 polling stations.

County Commissioner (CC) Ngumo Karuku urged voters not to linger around the polling stations after casting their vote.

“I would like to urge voters to go home once they have voted and wait for the results from there,” Karuku said.

He also cautioned politicians against election offences such as voter bribery.

By Purity Mugo

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