The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) will deploy 250 monitors across the country to examine police behavior during Tuesday’s general election.
Through a statement, the authority indicated that it will collaborate with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya), and other groups.
“All IPOA monitors will be easily identified by IPOA Staff badges, IEBC observer badges and their branded attire,” the statement read.
IPOA further noted that they will be looking out how police are complying with Article 244 of the Constitution calls for professionalism, compliance with human rights and fundamental freedoms, and fostering of relations with the broader society.
“Members of the Public are encouraged to report to IPOA any cases of misconduct or commendations of the Police during the election period through Toll-free number 1559 or the following telephone numbers,” it read.
In 2017, IPOA dispatched only 105 monitors. This year, IPOA monitors will be undertaking their work countrywide.
The two leading presidential candidates Deputy President William Ruto and Azimio-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga are today set to hold their final campaigns in Nairobi ahead of Tuesday’s general election.
This will mark the end of 2022 campaigns as stipulated in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) regulations with politicians making the last minute appeal to the public.
After traversing the vast country in recent months, Ruto will be speaking at the 30,000-seat Nyayo National Stadium while Odinga is expected to address a crowd at the 60,000-seat Kasarani Stadium.