Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared that he expects normalcy to return on the day after the General Election.
Speaking on Wednesday at a joint news conference with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Matiang’i said that Tuesday, August 8, 2017, will be a public holiday as he signed a Gazette notice declaring it in accordance with the law.
The CS stated that the provision in the law was meant to ensure that all Kenyans get a chance to vote.
“The day in any year during which a general election is held following the dissolution of Parliament shall be a public holiday,” says the Constitution.
In regards to the activities of the day, Matiang’i reminded voters that they should immediately leave the polling stations once they have cast their vote.
Those sentiments were echoed by the President who also warned voters against hanging around polling stations after casting their ballot.
“Piga kura, enda njumbani na ungonjee matokeo. Sisi hatutaki shida kwa taifa letu … sisi ni watu wa amani.”
That loosely translates to: “Cast your vote, go home and wait for the outcome. We don’t want any problems. We want peace for our country.”
Matiang’i also said police will follow IEBC’s circular on party officials and agents allowed at polling stations.
“That is what the law prescribes and that is what we will do.”
He said the National Police Service will be guided with the electoral agency on procedures to be followed during the general election.
He added that he was satisfied with preparations to facilitate the polls.
“We have assembled enough resources in terms of personnel and equipment that will be essential in supporting IEBC deliver its constitutional mandate.”