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Communications Authority warns media against releasing poll results ahead of IEBC

By Standard Reporter | Published Mon, July 17th 2017 at 11:08, Updated July 17th 2017 at 11:41 GMT +3

NAIROBI, KENYA: Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has warned media houses against releasing results of forthcoming Kenyan General elections ahead of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Francis Wangusi, the CA director said that the authority is aware of some media houses that plan to release results of the forthcoming elections ahead of IEBC. “We are reminding media houses toying with the idea of releasing results ahead of IEBC to stop, IEBC is the official body charged with releasing the official results,” said Wangusi.

Wangusi said that the commission has put everything in place to ensure that social media is not misused during the election period. He dispelled rumours that the internet may be shut down during the period.

“We are unlikely to shut down social media platforms but we are going to be very vigilant to flag off suspicious messages and handover authors to relevant authorities,” he added. 

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