Kenyans urged to keep peace during elections

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Two former African presidents have called on Kenyans to put the love of their country first when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki and former Ghanaian President John Mahama have told Kenyans to keep the peace during and after the polls.

They have reminded them that no candidate is worth shedding blood for.

Mbeki represented the African Union Elections observer mission while Mahama represented the Commonwealth Elections observer mission. Both leaders united in calling for peace during and after the polls.

Kenya will go to the polls amid fears of post-election violence.

Opinion polls have failed to settle on a clear winner, indicating a very closely fought race.

Both Mbeki and Mahama have urged voters to come out in their numbers to make their wish felt through the ballot. More than 150 000 security officers will man the polls.

Kenyan authorities have started to deploy police officers to polling stations.

Some 1 500 officers will form part of the security contingent, which is nearly double the 2013 deployment. It comes as fears mount that that violence similar to the 2007 elections could erupt.

The Kenya Teachers Technikon resembles military barracks. But under closer inspection, these officers are actually policemen and women and not from the defence force as their uniform purports.

Some have been sourced from the national intelligence even the Wild Life service.

Two police officers will be deployed for each of the 11 000 polling stations.

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– By Sarah Kimani and Aldrin Sampear