IEBC. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Sarah Omondi

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has warned candidates against using the commission’s logo on their campaign posters.

“We have noted a growing trend of aspirants using IEBC logo on their posters and billboards. This is illegal and contravenes the constitutional standing of the Commission as an independent, impartial and non-partisan institution,” IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati said.

The Commission has called for cessation of use of its logo in campaign related materials.

The agency has also put politicians on notice over hate speech or any language that could cause violence during the campaign period.

The agency said action will also be taken against candidates campaigning in places of worship or during burial ceremonies.

Politicians have also been warned against plagiarizing symbols, colours or acronyms of other parties, removal or destruction of political campaign material of any party.

IEBC has also asked them to refrain from offering any document or reward in order to influence one’s political decisions.

“The Commission has powers to impose penalties or sanction for breach of electoral code of conduct through formal warning, fine and barring them from holding public meetings and distributing campaign literature,” he said.

Failure to pay fine may lead to prohibition from participating in the August elections.

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