NCIC deploys monitors in counties

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) had said it has put in place measures to ensure peace and coexistence in the electioneering period.

Addressing journalists at Witu trading centre on Thursday, NCIC Vice Chairperson Irene Wanyoike said they have deployed cohesion monitors in every county as to deal with triggers of election chaos.

She said the monitors have been equipped with gadgets for video and audio recording and to document cases of incitement, especially at campaign rallies and voting day.

She added that the commission has partnered with the Inspector-General of Police, the Judiciary, the Independent Policing and Oversight Authority, Registrar of Political Parties and the Director of Public Prosecution to ensure the forthcoming general elections are peaceful, free and fair.

Ms Wanyoike said they have already trained enough security officers in all the 47 counties to enable them handle hate speech and incitement incidents that may arise during the elections.

HATE SPEECH

She said she was aware that the Judiciary has already sent two magistrates to Lamu County to hear any election complaints and offenses.

Ms Wanyoike also said NCIC had already kicked off trainings of peace committees in all the 47 counties to monitor the August 8 General Election.

“Our major aim is to ensure peace is maintained during and even after the August 8 elections. The peace monitors will work closely with the security teams,” she said.

NCIC Commissioner Adan Abdi Mohammed urged politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns.

“Politicians should ensure their utterances unite the citizens and country instead of dividing them,” said Mr Abdi.

Mr Abdi said NCIC had dispatched over 200 voice recorders and cameras in all the 47 counties to be used to monitor hate speech.

The NCIC commissioners have visited Lamu, Mpeketoni and Witu to sensitise residents on the importance of peaceful elections.

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