How do you prepare for elections? Bake something for the polling booth cake stall or do a letterbox drop for the party of your choice? Here it's a bit different. People cancel any non-essential travel around the country and they stock up on food, cash and other items in case strikes, unrest or curfews close the shops. Quite a few have yet to bring their children into town for school, although the school year started weeks ago. They prefer to keep them in the relative safety of the villages until things settle down.