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Residents assured of maximum security during polls

Siaya County security team has assured the residents of maximum security as the country heads to the general elections tomorrow.

Led by the Siaya County Commissioner, Jim Njoka, the officers said it was all systems go and urged the registered voters to ensure a 100 percent voter turnout.

Addressing the media outside the county commissioner’s office Monday, Njoka who was flanked by the county police commander, Michael Muchiri among others however warned that anybody bent to cause chaos will be dealt with and urged the youth not to accept to be hired by disgruntled politicians to cause chaos.

“We expect credible elections and any aggrieved person should use the court process to resolve the grievances,” he said.

At the same time, the County Commissioner said that bars and other social joints will be closed early today to enable the locals relax and wake up tomorrow morning while sober and ready to cast their votes.

“We have consulted bar owners and reached a consensus that bars will close by latest 9 pm today and will re-open tomorrow in the evening after the voting exercise is concluded,” said the county commissioner.

The county police commander said the police will be on the look out to ensure peace prevails in the county.

Muchiri said that apart from the local police, the county has also received support from other police formations such as the General Service Unit.

“The coming of other security officials is for partnership, to ensure that the voting process is peaceful and well managed,” he said and urged the public to support the security officials.

The county police commander cautioned the public against crowding at polling stations, adding that people should leave for their respective home after casting their votes.

Muchiri said that only accredited people will be allowed to access tallying centres.

By Philip Onyango

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