Kenyans continues to vote for their leaders on Tuesday, August 9. Independent Electoral independent Commission (IEBC) issued a statement by saying that sharing the ballot papers is unacceptable and is a violation of the law.
This come after several social media users shared photos of their marked ballot papers on today after voting.The users appeared to be displaying their preferred choices for the position of the president.
According to the Election Offenses Act of 2016, a voter found guilty of contravening the secrecy of the ballot risks being fined Kenya shillings 1 million or imprisonment for three years.
“One is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both,” states clause seven of the election offences act.
According to Article 138, the poll shall be taken by secret ballot on the day specified in Article 101 (1) at the time, in the places, and in the manner prescribed under an Act of Parliament.
Apart from sharing photos of the marked ballot papers, the law also prohibits any attempt by an individual to obtain information about the candidate a voter has voted for or is about to vote for.
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