Elctoral Commission on thursday came out with some guidelines that the candidates are to follow in the forth coming compaign.
The Electoral Commission urges all nominated candidates, their agents, supporters and the general public to carefully observe the following guidelines for this campaign period:
Campaigns shall be conducted between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm; and in accordance with the harmonized candidates’ campaign programme;
Candidates and their agents shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words, which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war;
In accordance with the measures and guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Electoral Commission to prevent and combat person-to-person, person-to-object and object-toperson spread of the COVID-19 during the conduct of election activities, processions and public/mass rallies remain banned.
Candidates will, however, be allowed to organise/hold campaign meetings, in a regulated manner, preferably outdoors, with limited attendance of a maximum of seventy (70) persons, to enable the observance of the 2-meters social distancing rule for the persons attending the meeting.
The candidates and venue owners must ensure that the campaign/meeting venues are provided with hand washing facilities and sanitizers, and that the supporters attending the campaigns/meetings wear face masks at all time, while accessing and exiting the meeting venue.
Candidates are advised to identify suitable venues within their constituencies and notify the respective Returning Officers, who will conduct an inspection together with the Police and the District COVID19 Taskforce to ensure the venue will enable observance of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
Candidates and their agents are advised to use non-contact means of communication to interact with the electorate. These include fliers, leaflets, brochures, posters, billboards and banners; radio and television announcements and talk shows; short messaging services (SMS), voice messaging, and new digital media platforms and websites.
Candidates who use posters are warned against putting them (campaign posters) on road traffic signs. Similarly, candidates who use banners are strongly warned against hanging them (campaign banners) on electricity power lines, or in a manner that endangers vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement.
Any campaign materials that are wrongly placed will be removed by the relevant Council authorities and Police.
Candidates may also use the community-based Public Address Systems (kizindaalo) between 7:00am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm, as per the campaign programme harmonised with the respective Returning Officers.
Electoral Commission however has declared the dates for comoaigns and elections as below:
|Elections (Directly-elected MP &District Woman Representative to Parliament)||9th November 2020||12th January 2021|
|2.||City/District Local Government Councils (Lord Mayor/Mayors/Chairpersons &Councilors)||9th November 2020||18th January 2021|
|3.||Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councilors||9th November 2020||23rd January 2021|
|4.||Sub County/Town/Municipal Division Chairpersons and Councilors||9th November 2020||1st February 2021|