Civil Society urges IEBC to bar leaders with integrity issues from vying

The Civil Society has urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to bar aspirants with integrity issues from vying in August.

In a joint Civil Society Organizations statement on the state of electoral preparedness, Transparency International Executive Director Sheila Masinde said aspirants who have been implicated in criminal activities, or have criminal cases pending in the courts, those who have been impeached from public office or directed by the courts to stay away from office until their cases are heard and determined should not appear on the August ballot papers.

“The sanctity of the Kenyan elections must be upheld, it’s only possible by ensuring that candidates with questionable characters are not allowed anywhere near leadership,” They said.

Further the organisations have expressed concern on the unregulated use of money in the forthcoming elections saying it is likely to promote electoral malpractices like voter bribery, encourage the use of illicit money and distort the fundamental principles of democracy.

“With respect to the recent judicial pronouncement by the High Court on election campaign financing, we call upon the IEBC to quickly come up with regulations, subject them to public participation and gazettes them immediately,” They said.

The society says data from the registrar of political parties shows that 7,158 independent candidates have been cleared to vie for various seats in the upcoming Elections.

“This could imply a vote of no confidence in the political parties. Most of the parties are not democratic, and this was witnessed during the party primaries where some resorted to negotiated democracy. This, disenfranchises the electorate and kills democracy within the party,” They said.

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