Global aid agency braces for possible Kenya election unrest

The International Organisation for Migration said Friday it was bracing for an aid operation in Kenya ahead of the country's election next week, after a surge in ethnic violence at previous polls.

"IOM is working closely with the government to develop a sectoral strategy and contingency plans in readiness for the election," the agency said in a statement.

It said it was stockpiling supplies including blankets, plastic sheets, jerry cans, cooking utensils and soap.

In addition, it has provided training for Kenya Red Cross staff and volunteers to bolster their ability to deal with a potential emergency, it said.

"Since 1992 Kenya has seen pre- and post-election violence that has displaced thousands of people and left scores dead. The worst violence occurred following the 2007 elections," the IOM underlined.

Monday's elections are Kenya's first since 2007, and come in the wake of ethnic strife last year which killed at least 484 people and saw over 116,000 flee their homes, according to the UN.

The UN's human rights office said Friday that it was sending an observer team to Kenya to monitor the situation on polling day and its aftermath.