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Kenya: Crackdown on social media ahead of polls, others grab headlines

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Crackdown on social media ahead of polls, how opposition manifesto was an altered and high court ruling on tender for printing ballot papers, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Friday.“Crackdown on social media ahead of polls,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that the government is tightening restriction on social media use ahead of the August 8 General Election, keeping a close eye on political posts and what it calls “sensational reporting” on “unauthenticated digital platforms” such as those hosted on Facebook and Twitter.

“Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on Thursday said his ministry was also working closely with the Interior Affairs docket headed by Maj-Gen (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery to ensure guidelines developed by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission are adhered to by social media users,” reported the daily.

“How Raila manifesto was changed at top City hotel,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that the opposition party manifesto was reedited at a high-end Nairobi hotel — to include unapproved multi-billion-shilling projects — and the reworking nearly jeopardised the grand unfurling of the blueprint .

“The Star has established that technocrats at the NASA presidential secretariat only realised the existence of two versions of the manifesto on Tuesday last week, hours before the manifesto launch,” reported the daily.

“August voting date puzzle if Raila wins,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that a High Court decision today on the tender for printing ballot papers will determine whether preparations for the elections due in 31 days will stay on course or be thrown off track.

“ Should the petition by the Opposition succeed, and the contract awarded to Dubai-based Al Ghurair be revoked, the electoral commission will have to identity a new supplier, a process it has warned could stretch beyond the August 8 poll date,” reported the daily

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