The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has established six media centres and deployed 150 press monitors across the country ahead of the general election.
In a press statement on Friday, August 5, MCK CEO David Omwoyo stated that the move was to accord accredited journalists a conducive environment while reporting on the polls.
Mr. Omwoyo noted that the media centres would begin operations from August 7 to August 10 and accredited journalists will have access to technical and logistical support and information on election-related matters.
He said that the press monitors will observe adherence to the provision of and access to information to journalists and monitor cases of violation of journalists’ rights while covering the polls.
“MCK has established six media centres across the country ahead of the 2022 general election to accord MCK-accredited journalists a conducive environment to report on the polls.
"This is in line with the Council's strategic efforts to strengthen the work of journalists towards free, fair and credible elections," Omwoyo stated.
The media centres will be situated in Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Mombasa, Kisumu, Meru and Nyeri.
In Nakuru and Uasin Gishu, Omwoyo stated that the Regional Coordinator Jackson Karanja (0733209672) will be stationed at Hotel Kunste in Nakuru and Starbucks Hotel, Eldoret.
For Mombasa, Maureen Mudi (0728489367) will be the Regional Coordinator and will be stationed at the Kenya School of Government while in Kisumu, Evans Teddy (0700196041) will be stationed at Chizoba Place.
Joseph Mecha (0714929102) will coordinate Meru and Nyeri and will be stationed at Elsa Hotel in Meru and White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri.
Omwoyo advised media workers to reach MCK through the 24- hour hotline 0702222111 and email at [email protected] in case of any violations.
The MCK boss urged IEBC-accredited journalists to utilize the centres for high-quality reporting.