Friday, 1 March 2013


Candidates seeking elective seats have been warned against addressing their supporters at the polling centres after voting on Monday.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Isaack Hassan also warned candidates against paying their agents at the polling centres, saying this could be mistaken for voter bribery.
Speaking when he launched the National Elections Centre at the Bomas of Kenya Friday, Mr Hassan said candidates who address their supporters at the polling centres will be committing the offence of campaigning outside the official campaign period.
“We are asking candidates to cast their votes go home and wait for the results to be announced. Do not address your supporters after casting your vote because you will be deemed to be campaigning beyond the period set aside,” Mr Hassan stated.
He also warned voters against congregating at the polling centres after casting their votes, saying this is against electoral laws.
“Voters should also cast their votes and go home, we will not entertain crowds discussing politics at polling centres,” he stated. 
Mr Hassan assured that election materials were being ferried to polling centres across the country in readiness for the big day.
He urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers and cast their votes saying the success of the election will depend on how many Kenyans turn out to vote on Monday.
“The election will only be successful if Kenyans turn out in large numbers and cast their votes,” he said.

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