SURVEY ON POLL VIOLENCE
Seven out of 10 Kenyans fear violence may break out during or after the 2017 general election, a survey shows.
The survey by Twaweza East Africa of citizens’ views on security and safety indicates 28 per cent were not concerned. “Political competition is expected to be intense and much is at stake for the incumbents and their challengers.
The charged atmosphere witnessed earlier in 2016 during the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission protests raises concerns about the possibility that violence could accompany the elections,” Sauti za Wananchi senior programme officer Victor Rateng said.
The survey also shows the high levels of fear about electoral violence could be driven by Kenyans’ daily experiences of safety and security.
Some 1,801 respondents were interviewed between August 15 and September 6. The margin of error is +/2.2 and +/-3 at a 95 per cent confidence. Thirty-two per cent said they do not report criminal cases to police for fear of reprisal from the perpetrators.