The electoral agency would monitor Homa Bay Senate by-election candidates for the next 48 hour
The electoral agency would monitor Homa Bay Senate by-election candidates for the next 48 hours and might cancel the poll if violence persists.
“We have come here to give a formal warning to candidates over violence. We shall monitor you for 48 hours, do not to test us.
“It is possible to cancel this election. The county returning officer has the powers,” the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s director for voter registration, Ms Kassait, said.
She was speaking during a meeting with candidates to discuss escalating violence at the IEBC offices in Homa Bay Town yesterday.
The official said the commission would not hesitate to disqualify candidates for breaching the elections code of conduct or even call off the mini-poll if the violence continues.
Ms Kassait said the commission is particularly keen on campaign schedules, name-calling, violence, campaigns in churches and funerals as well as concerns over voter bribery.
She warned against random campaigns, haphazard road shows and deviation from campaign schedules.
Some candidates who were unhappy with the presence of Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma confronted him.
The aggrieved parties said the lawmaker was not welcome since he is not an aspirant. Mr Kaluma had been sent to represent ODM candidate Moses Kajwang’. Homa Bay ODM acting chairperson Monica Amolo was denied a chance to speak, yet she had been invited by the commission.
Mr Kaluma said IEBC’s pace of addressing complaints is too slow.
Maendeleo Democratic Party candidate Philip Okundi urged the commission to act.
Speaking by phone to the Nation ODM’s Mr Kajwang’ said the meeting had no clear agenda. He said a text message was sent to him late in the night by poll officials when he had a prior campaign rally arranged in Kabondo Kasipul.
National Agenda Party’s Fred Rabongo said the rule on campaign schedules is not easy to enforce.
Independent candidate Hillary Alila told the commission to “stop being a toothless dog”