Tighten security in N Rift during polls, State urged
Residents of banditry-prone counties in the North Rift have called on the government to beef up security during elections.
People who spoke to People Daily yesterday feared that many voters may fail to exercise their democratic right and called on the State to lift the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the region.
“We appreciate that the curfew has assisted a lot in restoring sanity in the region but it should be lifted for a few days to allow people to cast their votes,” said Richard Chepchomei, a resident of Bartabwa in Baringo North.
Leaders from the region led by Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos and Baringo North parliamentary candidate Joseph Makilap yesterday acknowledged that the security measures introduced by the government to restore calm in the area were bearing fruit.
“Measures should however be put in place to ensure that all residents exercise their democratic right,” said Makilap.
Tolgos said the security measures should be sustained throughout the election period but added that they should not restrict residents from accessing polling stations.
The government imposed the dusk-to-dawn curfew in some parts of the region following attacks which claimed at least 100 lives in six months.