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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.

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