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BY NAMULONGO PETER,6TH JULY 2017-After pull and push between Mombasa governor Ali Hasan Joho and his opponents over who shuold erect their cmapigns billboards in the streets of the City of Mombasa the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has intervened ordering Joho to allow his opponents erect campaign billboards.
The commission also warned Joho that if the candidates who include Senator Hassan Omar, Nyali MP Awiti Bolo and Jubilee’s Suleiman Shabahal are not allowed access to advertising space by 9am on Friday 7th July he shall be held personally responsible.
IEBC Mombasa Returning Officer Nancy Kariuki on Thursday 6th July warned Joho that he will be referred to the IEBC code of conduct enforcement committee if he blocks the county government of Mombasa blocks the erection of billboards.
According to Ms Kariuki, the refusal by Mombasa County officials to allow two private advertising firms that put up the billboards was violation of the electoral code of conduct which the governor signed and committed to abide by.
However Joho through his lawyer Dennis Mosota has denied any wrong doing saying the issue of billboards and outer space is leased by the two firms who have exclusive rights on who to advertise or not. “The governor has absolutely nothing to do with this as it is leased to private companies with directors of which the governor is not among them. If IEBC feels the firms are breaching a code of conduct they should take appropriate action,” Mosota said.