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March 4 declared holiday for Kenyans to vote
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Government has declared Monday March 4 , 2013 a Public Holiday.
In a statement issued by the Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia, the day will be a Public Holiday in order to allow Kenyans to go and vote.
In a statement issued by the Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia, the day will be a Public Holiday in order to allow Kenyans to go and vote/FILE
“This therefore gives Kenyans a chance to participate in the polls,” Kimemia said in a statement.
The Public Holidays Act declares in Section 2 (4) that: “The day in any year during which a general election is held following the dissolution of Parliament shall be a public holiday.”
With five days to Kenya’s general elections, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has geared up its preparation and assured Kenyans of credible polls.
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At least 90,000 Kenyan security officers will watch over the polls as a deterrent against violence similar to the mayhem that rocked the country in 2008 after presidential election.
Already ballot papers for the six-tier election have been delivered and are under 24-hour guard at an undisclosed location.
IEBC has also hired 240,000 polling clerks to cover 33,400 polling centres and poll books which will be in use to counter-check the voter details with the Electronic Voter Identification Device (EVID).
The commission had assured that security features are in place to deter manipulation of the system.
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