In Kericho County, hired vandals are damaging campaign materials for certain new candidates.
Campaigns Supporters of competing candidates have recently destroyed or vandalized posters, pamphlets, banners, and even billboards.
New entrants' materials, including those for governor, senator, MP, woman representative, and MCAs, are the most vandalized.
Lily Ngok, a governor candidate, called on individuals who hire teenagers to damage rivals' campaign materials to show respect.
The deputy governor, Ngok, said the Kipsigis should not be enticed to involve the youth in antiquated campaigns of name-calling and material destruction as a community.
"Let the best person win after selling their policies without character assassination or any other form of destruction," she said.
Ngok urged Kipsigis voters to pick wisely by scrutinizing development track records and character after UDA nominations during her campaign in Kericho town on Sunday.
Ngok, former Devolution CS Charles Keter, engineers Fred Kirui, Eric Mutai, James Sang, and Samuel Rotich are among those vying for the governorship.
Keter had been considered the frontrunner for governor, but since Mutai and Kirui entered the race, his popularity has plummeted.
Keter, with his vast fortune and significant political experience, may easily defeat his opponents and succeed Governor Paul Chepkwony. He has served two five-year terms in the legislature.
He's erected high-rise billboards that are inaccessible to all but the most determined vandals.
Senator Aron Cheruiyot of Kericho is another high-profile politician seeking re-election. So far, his sole rival is Quneeas Chepkemoi, who has expressed interest as an independent.
Senator Cheruiyot, who is regarded as Deputy President William Ruto's right-hand man, assumed the election would be a walkover because no one had expressed interest in the position.
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