Vihiga county commissioner Pauline Dolla has called on politicians to be tolerant to divergent political views in a bid to promote peace during the election period.
She said different views by politicians concerning the elections is a given democracy that ought to be understood by the supporters.
“Elections come and go. We should not take it as a do or die game but an exercise that allows us to enjoy democracy and elect our leaders,” said Dolla.
She warned politicians against using youth to disrupt other functions organized by fellow competitors to gain political mileage.
This comes after area governor Moses Akaranga’s rally was disrupted by rowdy youth at Mungoma ward in Vihiga sub county two weeks ago.
The administrator said they have organized committee peace meetings in all the five sub counties aimed at preaching peace during the election period among the residents.
“We have conducted massive peace meetings in all the five sub counties to ensure that elections are held in a calm environment,” said Dolla.
She said that they have also met church and opinion leaders in the county to promote peace and create awareness on the importance of harmony during elections.
“We are targeting vulnerable group especially the youth who are most likely to be misused by selfish politicians for their own specific interests,” said Dolla.
Dolla was speaking in her offices at Vihiga County Headquarters town accompanied by county security chiefs Martin Kibet (Police), Vitalis Okumu (CID) and Wilson Bor (Intelligence).
Martin Kibet said they have prepared the police officers on how to handle the elections adding that they have formed quick response team to tackle any emergencies during elections.
“We call upon politicians to inform us in time any of their meetings so that we can offer security for their own good and their supporters,” said Kibet.