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Nasa's 'adopt the polling station' has nothing to do with the insecurity of the nation

By Dennis Weche | July 26th 2017

Kenya's most awaited day is drawing closer, politicians of divergent walks and talks are keen on utilizing the remaining days to see them carry the August 8, 2017 day. The curiosity among Kenyan voters to participate in this election is at the peak of the mountain. Every Kenyan is yearning for the day to elect his/her of choice, send home non performers and usher in good leadership. Across all the corners of the country, peace is prevailing as we have witnessed the most serene campaigns despite ever, this is after the country has been gradually healing from the 2007/8 post election mayhem that saw this country plunge into a political hell. I know most Kenyans of sane would not love to see the same happen in the subsequent days. 

Election period attracts different political dimensions and ideologies, every political group works hard to come up with mechanisms to outshine their opponents, this is not different from the rest of the countries that have or will participate in the future elections. Some politicians have even gone a mile to utter propaganda which may sound eerily just to appeal for support. For those of you who keenly followed last year's US President's Donald Trump's campaign, you'll agree with me that most of his campaign ideologies were unreal, you recall he talked of building a high wall to suppress Mexican immigrants from not accessing to the world first class nation , America aimlessly. This according to me was not real but it was a one way to appeal to the majority natives which in turn would translate to massive voters' support.

Point Pronto

Nasa's idea to guard the polling station (adopt polling station) has nothing to do with fueling mistrust or creating unjust environment during electioneering period but just to create trust before and after elections. Adopting the polling station and tallying centres gives them (Nasa) no powers to announce the results but it is a prove of fairness and trust in our electoral commission which in the past has been wounded with lack of integrity. Nasa team as they earlier stated would accept the outcomes so long integrity, fairness and credibility electoral ingredients are adhered to. 

This act should not create much insomnia among the law enforcement agencies, the electoral commission and the Executive. Stopping the 'adopt the station' mechanism which went wild among Nasa supporters would be negatively received and this could create a recipe of mistrust among Nasa supporters, a spirit none of us would love to hear during and after elections. I'd therefore advise the Kenyan security agencies under the able acting CS Mr. Fred Matiang'i to hold on their horses and allow this arrangement to go on. I believe as much as I understand the current Kenyan situation nothing wrong would happen proved that the process meets the above stated ingredients.

Both the government and the opposition are looking forward for huge voters' turn out and by restraining party agents and party election guards would limit the number of voters' out. 

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