Kenya: Official campaign period over, IEBC warns politicians


Nairobi – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has warned candidates and political parties against engaging in campaigns after the end of the official period on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

In a statement, the electoral body said that “any act of political campaigning outside this period would constitute a violation of the Electoral Code of Conduct”.

According to the commission headed by Wafula Chebukati, politicians must now prepare for the legislative elections on Tuesday.

Presidential candidates Vice President William Ruto and his challenger Raila Odinga presented their latest bids at Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums respectively on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to woo voters.

The presidential favorites have promised to revive the country’s struggling economy.

Ruto and Odinga, a veteran opposition now backed by the ruling party, are battling for the chance to lead East Africa’s powerhouse as it grapples with a cost crisis. life.

Previous polls have been marred by violence – including inter-ethnic clashes – and continue to cast a dark shadow over the country, where 22.1 million voters will now choose the next president, along with senators, governors, legislators, representatives and county officials.

The battle for votes has been dominated by allegations of rigging and a free boon for supporters, who have been deluged with umbrellas, groceries and cash to attend rallies.

After months of frantic campaigning across the vast country, the two candidates staged their latest offensive in the capital Nairobi, addressing thousands of flag-waving supporters.

A former political prisoner who is in his fifth run for the presidency, Odinga has vowed to transform the multi-ethnic country into a land “of hope and opportunity, a Kenya not for individual tribes, but one great Kenyan tribe”.

Ruto, who introduced himself as “the hustler in chief”, said his government would tackle inflation and create jobs, promising: “We are going to have a nation that leaves no Kenyan behind.”

With lawyers David Mwaura and George Wajackoyah – an eccentric former spy who wants to legalize marijuana – also in the fray, speculation has mounted that Kenya could see its first presidential run-off, raising concerns that a disputed result could lead to street violence.


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