The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to apprehend aspirants destroying their opponents campaign materials.
According to Nyeri Returning Officer Anastasia Nduku, the commission is on a mission to conduct peaceful election.
Moreover, Ms. Nduku stated that candidates found vandalizing their opponent’s campaign materials will face the arm of the law.
According to the Nyeri returning officer, IEBC will not allow election violence. She added that the commission is liaising with the DCI to apprehend candidates reported to be behind such wreckage.
Furthermore, Nduku’s remarks follows a complaint by UDA party candidate for the Kieni parliamentary seat Njoroge Wainaina. His campaign material valued at Sh2.4 million were vandalized by unknown people two weeks ago.
While speaking in Nyeri town on Tuesday, July 5, Nduku reported to have received the aspirant’s complaints. However, she stated that IEBC does not have investigative powers, and only the DCI could help.
“We are well prepared to conduct free and fair elections. By the 9th of this month, we will begin to conduct civic education. We ask politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns. We shall not allow them to vandalize their rivals’ campaign materials,” she stated.
In addition, MS. Nduku reported that no major occurrences of campaign violence had been reported in Nyeri County.