Police release foreigner arrested at JKIA carrying election stickers » Capital News

Nairobi, Kenya, July 22 – Police spokesman Bruno Shioso now says the foreigner arrested with election stickers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been released.

Shioso told Capital FM News that the documents were also handed over to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after verification.

Earlier, police headquarters said the Venezuelan national was detained at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while delivering election materials because proper procedure was not followed in transporting the material.

He added that election stamps were not declared in accordance with the law.

“That the tickers were not accompanied by the IEBC official as per routine procedure,” Shioso said.

Shioso further maintained that the stickers which he described as “sensitive materials” were carried in a stranger’s personal luggage.

He added that the police, in accordance with standard IEBC procedure and arrangement “were not informed of such an import beforehand to provide the necessary security and escort”.

Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai was due to give a press conference on election security preparedness later Friday morning to also comment on the matter.

The reaction of the police headquarters follows the demands of the electoral commission for the immediate release of a foreigner who arrived Thursday from Venezuela.

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