Night meetings, food aid and other tricks politicians will are using to your vote

- Exactly 24 days to the August 8 General Election, politicians have deployed several ways to win the hearts and minds of voters as well as dissuade their opponents

- From disrupting their opponents’ rallies to using money and other goodies, the political season can never get sillier than this

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has noted several illegal ways in which politicians are using both to lure voters and dissuade their opponents.

1.Secretive door to door/Closed campaign meetings

The Commission has revealed that many political aspirants have resorted to private “meet-the-people” meetings to seek votes from the electorate.

Most of these meetings are secretive, the KNCHR reveals adding that it is worried that these private meetings may not be subject to scrutiny thus offering an opportunity for the political actors to find a safe space to incite and mobilise their supporters, communities or friends within exclusive enclaves.

5 Illegal ways politicians are using to lure voters

President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigns in Turkana.Photo:Uhuru Kenyatta.

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This scenario may not promote cohesion and national unity adds KNCHR Vice chairperson George Morara.

2. Giving cash handouts during night meetings

Politicians are also giving attendants of nigh meetings KSh 1,000 each with concerns that most of these closed-door campaigns fall outside the stipulated times of not campaigning beyond 6pm as provided for in the electoral law.

This is happening mostly in Meru, Kwale, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisii and Mombasa Counties.

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5 Illegal ways politicians are using to lure voters

Raila Odinga.Photo:Raila Odinga/Facebook.

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3.Using food aid

The government especially has been fingered for this practice where Cabinet Secretaries have been campaigning using relief food. This has been rampant in Kwale, Laikipia, Machakos and Samburu Counties.

4. Intimidation and destruction of campaign posters.

This has been very common with incumbent governors who have been destroying campaign posters of their opponents. They have also been denying their opponents advertising space in towns.

As earlier reported by, Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has been on a collision course with his gubernatorial opponents after he denied them opportunity to erect billboards.

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5 Illegal ways politicians are using to lure voters

NASA leaders.

5. Disrupting rallies/heckling/chaos

The human rights commission has also revealed that politicians are using chaos to dissuade their opponents from campaigning in some areas.

NASA leader Raila Odinga has been heckled several times in Kiambu, Murang’a, Kericho and Baringo while Deputy President William Ruto has faced the same fate in Kisumu.

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Fri, 07/14/2017 - 17:49 -- Anonymous (not verified)