Jubilee’s “Tuko Pamoja” billboard among those to be pulled down by IEBC

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday announced that it will pull down all banners and billboards erected by politicians in a bid to stop early campaigns.

IEBC communications manager Andrew Limo stated that appropriate action would be taken against politicians found culpable of breaching the campaign rules.

“We are going to advise our coordinators to forward pictures of the billboards and names of their owners to the commission’s headquarters for legal action. We would like to remind politicians that the campaign period has not begun and they should not engage in early campaigns,” Mr Limo warned.

According to IEBC, the official campaign period starts on June 28 and ends on August 6, 2017, and whoever goes against the set timeline risks being barred from contesting in the 2017 Elections.

“The IEBC is aware of politicians who are using billboards and posters to campaign. It is also aware that others are ensuring that their names appear on examination papers and geometrical sets to lure voters. Such aspirants risk prosecution and hefty penalties, including being barred from taking part in the 2017 General Election,” Mr Limo stated.

Politicians have already put up campaign billboards in different parts of the country including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

If IEBC makes good its threat, Jubilee could be the most affected since it erected billboards across the country in a bid to popularise the party which was unveiled at Kasarani on September 10.