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Planning to vote? Here are voting offences that will land you in jail

By committing any of these offences, you risk a six-year jailtime

Pedestrians and motorists are seen next to campaign posters for Presidential candidates for Azimio La Umoja (Aspiration to Unite) Raila Odinga (L) and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) William Ruto, in Nairobi on June 30, 2022. -  (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)

With just a few hours until potentially 22,120,458 voters line up to vote in Kenya's General Election, here's a list of election offences as stipulated in the Elections Act, 2016.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) if a voter commits any of these offences, he or she is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years or to both.

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  1. Forge, counterfeit, deface or destroy any ballot paper or the official perforation, stamp or mark on any ballot paper
  2. Supplying any ballot paper to any person without authority
  3. Selling or offering for sale any ballot paper to any person
  4. Purchasing or offering to purchase any ballot paper from any person not being a person entitled to be in possession of any ballot paper
  5. Putting into any ballot box anything other than the ballot paper which he/she is authorised by law to put in
  6. Without authority taking out any ballot paper out of a polling station or found in possession of any ballot paper outside a polling station
  7. Removing election material from a polling station before, during or after an election without authority. Or destroying, taking, opening, disposing of or otherwise interfering with any election material in use or intended to be used for the purposes of an election
  8. Printing without authority any ballot paper or what purports to be or is capable of being used as a ballot paper at an election
  9. Being in possession of any appliance, device or mechanism that can interfere with ballots.
  10. Voting at any election when they are not entitled to vote
  11. Voting more than once in any election
  12. Interfering with a voter in the casting of his vote in secret
  13. Pretending to be unable to read or write so as to be assisted in voting
  14. Pretending to be visually impaired or suffering from any other disability so as to be assisted in voting

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