Desist from early  campaigns, IEBC now warns politicians

Desist from early campaigns, IEBC now warns politicians

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH SEPT,2021-IEBC has warned politicians to desist from campaigning and adhere to set timelines ahead of the 2022 elections.

In a news briefing on Friday, Chebukati said political players should avoid this trend and comply to set out timelines.

“IEBC has noted with concern the heightened political activities prior to the declaration of campaigns for the General Election which is causing unnecessary tension in the country,” Chairman Wafula Chebukati said.

Politicians have been taking advantage of the 2022 elections and have been campaigning in their homes, meetings, churches, funerals and public gatherings.

This is despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s warning that there should be no gatherings whatsoever in a bid to curb Covid-19 spread.

In July, the IEBC set the official campaign period for the 2022 General Election between May 30 and August 6, 2022, just 48 hours to the August 9, 2022 poll.

Chebukati further said they need timely and sufficient disbursement of funds to facilitate the implementation of planned programmes.

“IEBC appeals to security agencies to collaborate with the Commission to ensure a secure environment for the conduct of elections. The Commission would like to assure the public and stakeholders that it will continue working as a team to deliver a credible General Election,” he said.

Chebukati welcomed the four new Commissioners who were appointed to join IEBC following a rigorous recruitment process.

The four Commissioners are Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya.

“They have also been introduced to the IEBC Senior Management staff at the Headquarters as well as the County Election Managers,” Chebukati said.

“The knowledge and experiences shared by the Consultants, Commissioners and Senior Management from both headquarters and the field will enable the new Commissioners to settle in their assignment.”

He said the commissioners have given their personal commitment in order to deliver a successful and credible 2022 General Election.

The Commission plans to carry out Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) activity in the month of October 2021, for a period of 30 days.

In this exercise, the Commission targets to register at least six million new voters at the County Assembly Ward level

“We urge all eligible Kenyans who have not registered as voters to turn up in large numbers and register,” Chebukati said.

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