The electoral commission has warned aspirants in the Kitutu Masaba parliamentary race against vote-buying.
Interim Independent Electoral Commission director in-charge of risks and surveillance Bilachi Abdullahi said a heavy penalty would be awarded to any candidate found engaging in the malpractice.
“I want to urge you to be very cautious during your campaigns because violation of any electoral rules will lead to dismissal or jail,” he told aspirants at the commission’s Manga offices at the weekend.
Mr Abdullahi said vote buying remains a challenge in elections not only in Kenya but also world-over.
He said the malpractice can only be curbed by providing evidence to the commission.
The election official allayed fears among the aspirants that the by-election might be flawed like the 2007 polls saying that those who will be conducting the exercise are well-trained.
Free and fair
“There is no room for rigging as some of you might think. We are in a new dispensation that is why I am assuring that the exercise will be free and fair,” he said.
Concerning a claim that an election official who will oversee the exercise had began to campaign for a certain candidate, the director said IIEC will take disciplinary action against the alleged officer if the claim is proved.
Fifteen candidates were cleared to battle it out in the by-election scheduled for November 28.
They include Mr Timothy Bosire (ODM), Mr Walter Nyambati (PNU), Mr Nyambega Mose (Narc-K), and Mr Samson Okioma (Ford-P), among others.