The National Police Service is required by the Constitution and other relevant laws to ensure a safe and secure environment for the Kenya People to execute their democratic rights. As a Service, we are committed towards providing a conducive environment for both voters and aspirants to exercise their democratic rights before, during and after the General Elections, scheduled for 8th August, 2017.
As part of the preparations to provide such a safe and secure environment for the national elections in 2017, the National Police Service has taken various steps, which commenced in June, 2016.
Part of these key steps include:
1. Comprehensive mapping of the County including identification of hotspots for the purposes of designing and providing the appropriate policing solutions
2. Regular meetings with other National Security Agencies for purposes of creating synergy and developing appropriate contingency plans
3. Regular and active engagement with other relevant state agencies and other non-state stakeholders including religious organizations and the civil society actors.
4. Development of operational plans by all County Commanders based on the national election plan developed in December, 2016.
5. The National Police Service in conjunction with other agencies wishes to assure the public that we shall enforce without favor to any persons with necessary firmness and impartially without favoring any persons irrespective of their political persuasion. In this regard, we call upon political parties, candidates and their supporters to conduct themselves during the entire electioneering period, within the confines of the law.
We further wish to remind the political parties on the requirement to abide with the Public Order Act and desist from unwarranted actions. This should include improper use of firearms by persons who fire in the air to scare and end up causing unnecessary panic. Such conduct will not be tolerated.
We believe each one of us is determined to have peaceful election period. Let us all work towards that goal.
JOSEPH BOINNET, MGH, nsc (AU)
NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE
5TH APRIL, 2017