The National, Thursday July 4th, 2013
By JAMES GUMUNO
CAMPAIGNING for council and president seats in Western Highlands are progressing smoothly, provincial police commander Supt Martin Lakari said yesterday.
Lakari said so far there had not been any trouble during the campaign period.
He said he expected the same during polling on July 15 and during the counting and declarations.
He said elections were a seasonal thing and urged people to respect one another and maintain peace and harmony.
“I don’t want to see any split after the results are declared,” he said.
Lakari, who is a member of the provincial election steering committee, said if one council ward destroyed their ballot box there would not be any representation from that ward for the next five years.
“The Electoral Commission wants people to take responsibility and vote peacefully and ensure that their ballot boxes arrive safely back to their respective district headquarters for counting,” he said.
He said local level governments that had problems or were regarded as high risk areas for the counting would have their ballot boxes transported into Kagamuga for counting.
“We want to make sure that the people and their candidates take ownership of the elections when electing their leaders.”
Lakari said he would use all his officers in the province by deploying them to every local level government area.