EACC, IEBC to vet candidates ahead of elections



By Samuel Musita/Beth Nyaga

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission body in collaboration with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission have formed a joint team that will formulate rules to vet candidates before they run for office in the coming election.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says he expects the report to be out in a weeks’ time.

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The EACC is basing its vetting authority on the Constitution, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Leadership and Integrity, Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes and Public Officer Ethics Acts.

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One of the challenges that they might however face is that suspects might use Article 99 of the Constitution which states that you will not be barred from an election until you have exhausted all appeal mechanisms.

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EACC Deputy CEO Michael Mubea has been quoted saying the commission was unable to enforce the Integrity regulations in the 2013 General Election since the mechanism was not in place and because the anti-corruption body was in transition from the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) to EACC.

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Currently the commission relies only on clearance certificate.


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