Uasin Gishu County Marked As one of High Risk Counties With Potential For Electoral Violence


Uasin Gishu county has been listed among 6 counties in Kenya likely to experience some degree of poll-related violence. This information was captured in a report released by the National Cohesion and Intergration Commision on 31st May 2022.

In a press conference on Tuesday, the NCIC stated that Kenya’s national electoral violence index for 2022 is 53.43 percent, with 31 counties likely to have peaceful elections. The briefing was based on a study conducted by the commission, which sought real-time status reports, conflict context, and environmental scans across Kenya’s 47 counties.

The commission mapped six counties where poll violence is likely to erupt, based on a number of factors such as ethnic inequality, competition over scarce resources, and the presence of organized criminal gangs.

The six counties include Nakuru, Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, Mombasa and Kericho. 

NCIC commissioner, Danvas Makori, explained that Nairobi emerged as the top county likely to experience chaos due to the beehive of political activities that take place in different areas within the city and Embu county with the lowest risk of poll-related violence.

The report by NCIC is aimed at helping stakeholders prepare in handling cases that arise before or after elections The report is also used by law enforcement officers in preparing for deployments and planning other election-related activities.

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