Lamu ready for October 26th polls, says IEBC


Lamu, KENYA: The IEBC Lamu office has already recruited and trained the necessary staff ahead of the forthcoming October 26 repeat presidential poll.

The county elections coordinator Adan Mohamed said a total of 840 election staff have already been trained and were on standby for the election itself.

Speaking in Lamu on Monday, Adan said the staff includes clerks, returning and presiding officers.

He said unlike other counties which are having challenges recruiting and training election staff, Lamu was lucky to have already done that and is ready for the poll.

He said his office had already received part of the election materials including ballot boxes and election training material.

Adan says all that they are now waiting for are the KIEMS kits and the ballot papers after which they will be ready to hold the election.

He said the kits and the ballot papers are expected before the Wednesday this week.

“We are already through with training our first batch of 336 election staff majorly the Presiding Officers and their deputies.We are currently training another 504 election clerks.The training has been taking place in Mokowe and Mpeketoni.We shall be through with the training by Monday evening.So far the plans for the election are on track without a single hitch,” said Adan.

He said his office had no security concerns for the election staff considering the political heat surrounding the presidential repeat poll date and said he had made all plans with the county security office to ensure the entire exercise if secure.

He said there only concern was the Alshabaab terror threat in Basuba ward but added that the security manning the area had assured them that the threat and possibility of the militants interfering with the exercise were almost zero.

“We are just a tiny bit concerned about the Alshabaab threat in Basuba but police have assured us that we are good to go.I want to assure residents of Basuba that they will take part in the exercise and as such shouldn’t have any worry,” said Adan.