Kibra polls: IEBC warns against violating ballot secrecy

Voters trooped to the polls in a contest considered a dress rehearsal for 2022 Election.

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• This was after a Kibra resident took a picture of marked papers and posted them on Twitter on Thursday.

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IEBC has warned Kibra voters against violating secrecy of the ballot by sharing photos of marked ballot papers.

Via a post on Twitter, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it is punishable in law.

This was after a Kibra resident took a picture of marked papers and posted them on Twitter on Thursday.

Voters trooped to the polls in a contest considered a dress rehearsal for the 2022 General Election and a test of muscle for both DP William Ruto and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

A voter casting her vote at Kibra primary polling station./Victor Imboto
A voter casting her vote at Kibra primary polling station./Victor Imboto

The winner succeeds MP Ken Okoth who died in July, triggering the hotly contested by-election.

ODM's Bernard Okoth, Ken's brother, faces Jubilee's McDonald Mariga, an ex-football star and Eliud Owalo of ANC. Twenty-four candidates are on the ballot.

A voter leaving after casting her vote at Kbera primary polling station./Victor Imboto
A voter leaving after casting her vote at Kbera primary polling station./Victor Imboto

The Elections Offences Act requires every officer, candidate or agent in attendance at a polling station to maintain and aid in maintaining the secrecy of the ballot.

A person who contravenes these provisions on secrecy commits an offence and  is  liable  on  conviction,  to  a  fine  not  exceeding  one  million  shillings  or  to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both.

A polling station in Kibra,/DOUGLAS OKIDDY
A polling station in Kibra,/DOUGLAS OKIDDY