Security officers in the Rift Valley region are now on high alert after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission fingered 23 counties as possible violence hotspots ahead of August general election.
The security chiefs in the region have been holding meetings with officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and other stockholders in addressing the the threats facing the named regions.
According to NCIC, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru counties that have been previously been perceived as conflict hotspots during elections have registered relative peace in the past 10 years.
“I appeal to every candidate eyeing for various electives posts to obey the public order act during campaigns by notifying the police before holding public meetings,” Maalim said, The Rift Valley Regional Coordinator.
An emergency centre with a quick response team on standby to distress calls ahead of the polls has been set up at the County Commissioner’s office.
Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, Maalim yesterday said the police officer will assist member’s of the NCIC to apprehend perpetrators of hate speech.
He also added that elaborate measures have been put in place to ensure peaceful elections.