Pull down campaign materials in 7 days, IEBC orders politicians

August 22, 2017 5:49 pm
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In a post appearing on social media, IEBC cautioned candidates, agents, political parties and party members against breaking campaign rules/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants billboards, posters and banners put up by politicians brought down following conclusion of the General Election.

The poll agency has warned of heavy penalties against politicians found culpable of misconduct.

In a post appearing on social media, IEBC cautioned candidates, agents, political parties and party members against breaking campaign rules.

“The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission hereby gives notices to all candidates, agents, political parties and party members; that following the conclusion of General Elections conducted on the 8th of August, 2017, you are required to remove all banners, billboards, placards and posters erected during the election period within seven (7) days of this notice, failing which the commission shall impose sanctions stipulated under the Second Schedule (Electoral Code of Conduct) of the Elections Act, 2011,” read the post.

Boniface Mwangi who was in the race for Starehe MP already removed his campaign posters on August 12. Mwangi, an award winning photojournalist and a political activist conceded defeat to Jubilee Party’s Charles Njagua.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Nairobi County Woman Representative Esther Passaris also took cue and led their supporters in removing their campaign posters.

Governor Sonko’s Rescue Team started a cleanup last Tuesday. It traversed the Central Business District removing posters from walls and poles.

“The campaign will continue until Nairobi is declared the cleanest city in Africa. I have ordered the dispatch of more than 50 trucks to immediately begin this process,” the Nairobi Governor said in a tweet last week.

The Sonko Rescue Team resolved to remove all candidates’ posters.

Twenty three-year old Susan Silantoi, who vied for Nairobi Senator, has also started removing her campaign posters.

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