Human rights group has identified 24 counties as hotspot for gender violence and human rights violations in this year’s general election.
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has deployed more than 100 monitors to document and report electoral-related gender violence and human rights violations in this year’s general election.
The devolved units under KNCHR’S radar include Kiambu Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, Siaya, Nairobi, Wajir, Kwale, Migori, Meru, Kericho, Nyamira and Mombasa.
Others are Bungoma, Kakamega, Nandi, Isiolo, Kisii, Kirinyaga, Kilifi, Machakos, Murang’a, Nakuru, Nyeri and Makueni.
The monitors will be placed within the next two weeks, according to Ann Okutoyi, KNCHR director of research advocacy and outreach.
“We want human rights to be central in the campaigns, election and even in manifestos of the political parties,” she said.
Okutoyi went on to state that they had started a community-based debate to promote public understanding about human rights.
She spoke at a commission-organised election sensitisation forum in Eldoret town.
At the same time, the government has been requested to incorporate braille in voting materials and to create specific booths for disabled voters.