Isirika

Election Bila Noma Campaign

ISIRIKA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM 24/7 SUPPORT 0716 146 969

Tokezea na Kura yako!

The Election Bila Noma Campaign

On 9th August, Kenya will be conducting its third general election since the promulgation of the new constitution on 27th August 2010. Despite the promises of a free, fair, and peaceful election by our political leaders and election officials, Kenya has a history of electoral tension and violence. These conflicts are mainly triggered by our political history where political parties and groups were structured along religious and ethnic lines. It is also cultured by our politicians’ interests, greed for power, human rights injustices and the irregularities in the electoral processes.

We, the young people of Kenya, organizing under ISIRIKA, a grassroots youth led network have prepared this Fact Sheet to provide useful information to encourage you to participate in the general elections in a safe way. In addition to this fact sheet, we have set up a small emergency response team of young people who will be providing timely information and updates on 8 – 10 August 2022.

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This initiative is part of ISIRIKA’s approach to promoting community care as a sustainable means to development. We seek to provide care to our members in a way that centers their needs; whether big or small. Political participation is community care and we want to support as many of our community members to go out and vote without fear for their safety or lives. Through this initiative, we acknowledge that our members are young people who either live alone, away from family, in unsafe neighborhoods, or in challenging living conditions. Some have vulnerable (intersectional) identities and therefore have a high risk of being targeted by violent groups or the police during elections. Due to the several risk factors influencing the security of our members, we hope this team will ensure a speedy response to their protection needs.

While we hope to extend solidarity to other members of the public, we are limited in resources, therefore, limiting the number of people we can support. To the best of our ability, we will try and ensure get supported equally and fully. Where impossible, we will refer you to other capable institutions

Political Participation - Voting

What you Need to Know

The general eleections on 9th August

Location

Location – Polling Station where you registered to vote. Verify on IEBC portal - Welcome to IEBC Voter Verification Portal

Time: 6AM - 5PM

Go early so you can be done voting before the sun is too hot. Yas long as you are in the queue before 5pm you should be allowed to vote.

Who can vote

You must be a registered voter in that specific polling station to vote. You cannot vote in another polling station even if it is in the same ward or constituency unless advised by IEBC.

For Persons with Disabilities

For persons with disabilities, senior citizens, citizens with limited literacy skills and any other personalized needs, IEBC will be providing assistants to support your voting exercise at the polling station. IEBC has partnered with assistALL to provide FREE sign language interpretation services for the deaf community. We will provide additional support to youth and women with disabilities to support their participation in the elections. The support is limited to taxi payments, interpreter and/or assistant subject to availability of resources and relevant services in your location

What to carry

What to Carry – National ID Card. We advise you wear a face mask, carry water, glucose, hand sanitizer or disinfectant and preferred snack if you like

How to vote

Marking a (√) or (X) in the ballot paper. You can only mark or tick on one box per position for your vote to be valid. As much as possible, avoid folding your filled ballot paper to avoid ink smudging and spoiling your vote. If you must fold, please vote from left to right and vice versa and not from top to bottom

Physical and Digital Security – Tips to stay safe during the elections

  • Be vigilant – Be cautious of any illegal activities or group around you. Report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station or call their toll free number (999)

  • Stay up to date on current affairs – Follow reliable media platforms for updates including security alerts.
  • Go straight home/work after voting – do not hang around the polling stations, in political gatherings or sit in groups discussing political campaigns. This can make you a target of violence from opposing groups, arrests by police and increases your risk of exposure to electoral violence.
  • Stay away from crowded places/Areas – Don`t associate yourself with an undefined crowd that takes delight in analyzing political issues during election period. This includes Maskanis, Base za Jaba, Mangweni, Social dens. History shows that young men are profiled and/or targeted by police during patrol (msako)
  • Dress Code – Any clothing to match the weather of the day. For many places, it will be warm, avoid heavy dark clothing that will make standing for long hours unbearable. Do not wear clothing with any political messages including political party branding. As much as possible, where you can avoid wearing colours associated with political parties as this may increase your vulnerability to attacks from opposing political parties
  • Turn on G.P.S location for easy tracking especially for those who will be observers or working (any job) on the day of elections
  • Make sure to have a “check in person/buddy”, who you can keep updated on your current physical location. This could be a friend or family member. We recommend sharing and receiving updates with your buddy at least every 2 hours on the day of the election.
  • Do not forward or share any political information that has not be fully verified. If the information is wrong it can spark chaos or unnecessary tension. If it is false or inciting you can be charged with incitement to violence in a court of law.
  • Install a VPN application in case of an internet shutdown such as Psiphon which can be downloaded at the play or app store.
  • In cases where one wants to share information regarding election malpractices or any other sensitive information, one can share using Signal App. You can report incidences of violence and election malpractices as witnessed by you through this number 0716 146 969

Report any Cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

  • GBV hot line – 1195.

  • Call on a toll free number 0800428428 (Emergency line)

  • Please call me *120*7867# (Supported by a USSD code)

  • Skype Address – Help me GBV for members of deaf community.

  • SMS “HELP” to 31531 for persons with disabilities.

Emergency Response

Medical Emergencies

We have young healthcare professionals including doctors in our network who will provide virtual consultation for medical emergencies. We request that due to limited capacity, if you experience a cut, fall or minor injury that you follow the first aid tips shared below. Call 0716 146 969 to receive free medical consultation for all elections related incidences on 8-10 August 2022

Basic First Aid Tips

For minor injuries such as a graze or cut on one`s body – clean the injured part immediately with water to avoid contamination and let it dry out. You can use a disinfectant if you have one.

For a major injury such as brain injury arising from a stone or blunt object hitting his/her head – please seek immediate assistance from a trained medical practitioner in the nearest health facility.

Due to long standing hours, you may feel dizzy, faint or witness someone fainting, here’s what to do:
  • Lie the casualty in a horizontal position.
  • Loosen any tight clothing worn by the casualty.
  • Make room for the casualty to breath in fresh air (Don`t crowd the scene)
  • Elevate the legs using something tangible and raised such as a stone block or any other solid material.
  • When the casualty gains consciousness, you can give them some water and/or glucose in small quantities.
  • If the casualty does not regain consciousness after 10 minutes, rush the casualty to the nearest health center to seek further medical assistance from a trained medical practitioner.

Ambulance Services in Mombasa

Contact toll number 0721611555 (St. John Ambulance). State your name, location and services needed.

Ambulance Prices

  1. Within Mombasa town – 3,000Ksh.
  2. From Bamburi, Mtwapa and its environs – 5,000Ksh.
  3. Stand by event (Polling station) – 15,000Ksh.

If you are arrested, here's what you need to know

Your rights

The Rights of an arrested person are enshrined in Article 49 of the Constitution. Some of the rights to take note of during this electioneering period are:

(a) to be informed promptly, in language that the person understands, of–

(i) the reason for the arrest;
(ii) the right to remain silent; and
(iii) the consequences of not remaining silent;

(b) to remain silent;
(c) to communicate with an advocate, and other persons whose assistance is necessary;
(d) not to be compelled to make any confession or admission that could be used in evidence against the person;
(e) to be held separately from persons who are serving a sentence;
(f) to be brought before a court as soon as reasonably possible, but not later than–

(i) twenty-four hours after being arrested; or
(ii) if the twenty-four hours ends outside ordinary court hours, or on a day that is not an ordinary court day, the end of the next court day;

(g) at the first court appearance, to be charged or informed of the reason for the detention continuing, or to be released; and
(h) to be released on bond or bail, on reasonable conditions, pending a charge or trial, unless there are compelling reasons not to be released.

(2) A person shall not be remanded in custody for an offence if the offence is punishable by a fine only or by imprisonment for not more than six months.

What to do;

  • Do not RESIST arrest.
  • Know the reason you are being arrested.
  • Let your loved ones know that you have been arrested. Send a quick message or call before your phone is confiscated. Call 0716 146 969 to get free legal aid if you are unlawfully arrested.

Note the serial number of the officer arresting you incase things go south