By PAUL GITAU and STEVE MKAWALE
Four police officers were injured after a gang attacked them at St Andrews Primary School polling station in Malindi.
Witnesses said a group of six youth entered the polling station masquerading as voters before they confronted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) officials.
The youth, who are suspected to be members of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council, ordered the elections officials to stop the exercise.
They claimed Coast was not in Kenya and the elections should not be conducted.
The gang roughed up the officials and voters at the station before one of the Administration Police officers guarding the polling station intervened.
The youth roughed up the officer and disarmed him of a loaded G3 rifle. Upon sensing danger the other officers intervened but were overwhelmed by the youth.
One officer shot thrice in the air to rescue his colleagues but his firearm developed a problem.
The youth also cornered three other officers and attempted to disarm them but they (officers) resisted and managed to escape to a nearby residential house.
Tension remained high as voters and IEBC officials scampered for safety before the suspected members of the outlawed group left in a waiting pick-up.
A few minutes later a contingent of heavily armed police officers arrived at the scene but the youth had already left.
The injured officers were later rescued from their hideout and taken to the Star Hospital for treatment.