The electoral commission’s directive to all the candidates, agents and political parties to remove within seven days all the campaign materials they had mounted in the run-up to the August 8 elections is a laudable move against blatant impunity by politicians.
Of course, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has been compelled to issue a warning after realising that these people must be forced to clean up their own mess.
And both the winners and losers are culpable.
It was so easy for them to plaster the walls of public buildings, bridges and other public places with posters, but they do not feel obliged to remove them, hence the step taken by Mr Chebukati.
To teach the culprits a lesson and discourage this in future, we hope the IEBC will follow through and impose sanctions, including fines, on those who won’t remove their election litter.
As such warnings have not had their desired effect in the past, it’s time to walk the talk.
Mr Chebukati must make an example of those who will not have cleared the mess by barring them from taking part in future elections.
Though people need to exercise their democratic right by vying for positions, they must not do this at the expense of a clean environment.
We commend the few individuals and leaders who had started removing the posters even before the IEBC warning.
That level of personal initiative is commendable.