Fear as disaster preparedness equipment sent to Kisumu ahead of elections

The equipment included body bags, gloves and first aid kits.

Police in the county received the equipment which included hundreds of body bags, gloves, first aid kits and other emergency materials.

According to The Standard, the equipment was sent by a Non-Government Organisation as part of preparedness to deal with casualties in case of violence during and after the elections.

Regional Coordinator Wilson Njenga said the equipment including body bags were for preparedness for any eventuality.

"We will use these kits including the body bags in cases of emergency or accidents or casualties arising from the election.

"The Kenya Red Cross team are ready with first aid and medical kits, so the police is not an exception. This is a routine exercise," Njenga maintained.

The police said they would not allow anybody to gather outside polling stations apart from accredited voters or election observation mission and were under instructions to deal with those defying the directive.

During a rally at Kisumu last week, NASA leaders led by flag bearer Raila Odinga dropped its call for “Adopt-a-polling-station” aimed at guarding their votes and urged their supporters to hang around polling stations after they cast their ballot on Tuesday.

Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka asked their supporters to go home after voting to avert chaos.

The move was opposed by security agencies led by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

IEBC maintained that voters must be at least 400 metres away from the polling station after they cast their ballot.

The commission said only accredited agents, journalists, and poll officials will be allowed at the stations.

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