Police issue guidelines governing nominations, campaigns

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Police Headquarters has issued strict guidelines governing political party primaries and campaigns across the country.

In a statement, Police Spokesman George Kinoti stated that politicians contesting for elective seats should not make inflammatory remarks that may result in violence.

“We wish again to again inform all political parties as well as contestants that the necessary security arrangements have been put in place to cover the remaining nomination exercises countrywide,” he said.

“We have however lately noted that some aspirants and their supporters have in their campaigns engaged in rowdy behaviour as well as making inflammatory statements,” he stated.

He further told them not to publish or distribute leaflets with hate messages threatening certain communities with eviction.

“This will not be tolerated and officers are under strict instructions to deal firmly with anyone found breaching the law regardless of their station in life or political affiliation,” he indicated.

He explained that those engaged in road shows should avoid blocking roads and inconveniencing other users.

“We also wish to inform that the Highway Code in respect to behaviour of all users of public roads is still in force. Aspirants as well as their supporters especially boda boda riders are reminded to observe the Traffic Act, failure to which they risk arrest and prosecution,” he said.

“We also want to reiterate that the National Police Service remains focused in providing a safe and secure environment for all Kenyans to exercise their democratic right to vote at county as well as national levels.”

Kinoti indicated that police will deal firmly with those found breaking the law.

He encouraged all Kenyans to cooperate with the police as well as other national security agencies in an effort to ensure the 2017 General Election process is peaceful.

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned against any acts of violence in the ongoing party primaries across the country.

READ: Uhuru warns against violence in run-up to August polls

President Kenyatta cautioned that any aspirant found engaging in violence will face the full force of the law.

There have been acts of violence reported in various parts of the country since last week when the Orange Democratic Movement Party kicked off its nominations.

President Kenyatta, who spoke a day to the start of the Jubilee Party nominations, says his party will uphold the highest integrity and democracy standards to ensure the will of the people prevails.

In calling on party members and supporters alike to come out and participate in the exercise spread out over three days, the JP Party leader cautioned the more 60,000 officials against bungling the primaries.

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