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Election Offences

01 March 2013, 20:29

Nairobi - The following are some of the election offences that are punishable by law according to IEBC.

  • Double/multiple registration: your name appearing more than once on the voters’ register
  • Having more than one voter’s card
  • Impersonation: the use of another person’s voter’s card
  • Selling or buying voter’s card: buying or selling voters card for cash or material gain
  • Deliberately destroying a voter’s card
  • Carrying another person voter’s cardNote

As provided for by Chapter 7 of the Laws of Kenya, election offences will lead to warning, disqualification, prosecution or imprisonment.
The following are some of the election offences and are punishable by law-
  • Voting more than once
  • Carrying out campaigns on polling day
  • Double registration, with your name appearing twice on voters register
  • Impersonation; use of another persons electors card is punishable
  •  Voter buying and selling. Do not exchange your card for money, food, beer or any other gift. You will be selling your conscience and your democratic right
  • Soliciting or receiving bribes to encourage voting for a candidate
  • Hate speech targeting the opposing side
  • Carrying another person’s elector’s card.
  • Destruction of campaign materials of the opposing candidate.
  • Use of another person’s elector’s card and ID to vote
  • Prevention, obstruction or barring of a person from voting

Election offences under Chapter 7 of the Laws of Kenya will lead to warning, disqualification, prosecution or imprisonment.

Role of citizens

It is the duty of every citizen to -
  • Report election offences as soon as possible to Designated IEBC Security Officer’s desks, Designated Peace Committees or the nearest Police Station
  • Conduct campaigns in a peaceful manner and to ALWAYS adhere to the laws, rules and regulations guiding elections in Kenya
  • Participate in the election by coming out to vote

- From IEBC official website


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