ODPP says violence, intimidation top list of election offences

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has said it is monitoring election-related offences across the country as vote tallying continues.

ODPP which intends to deal with the cases has said so far, the statistics indicate that there have been 74 reported cases with violence and intimidation topping the list accounting for 22pc of all offences.

Bribery related to election is second with 14pc followed by hate speech and voter offences with 12pc each, while publication of false information follows with 9pc.

SOURCE: ODPP

Social media has been awash with unverified information regarding election results by various camps some of which are likely to cause public anxiety.

Twitter for instance has been forced to flag unverified tweets being posted by both Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza supporters in order to curtail misinformation.

According to ODPP, ballot paper offences accounted for 7pc of election-related offences as preparation to commit a felony followed with 5pc. Offences by IEBC accounts for 2pc.

Other crimes committed during the election period include interference with election materials, breach of electoral code of conduct and creating disturbance.

Nairobi County accounts for the largest share of election related offences at 11pc followed by Kilifi and Narok with 9pc and 8pc respectively.

SOURCE: ODPP

Homabay, Laikipia and Uasin Gishu counties follows with 7pc each.

Other counties where election-related offences include Marsabit with 5pc, Migori 4pc, Kisii 3pc, Wajir 3pc,.

Kiambui, West Pokot and Turkana counties accounted for 1pc each of the said offences.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has reported cases of officials tampering with ballot materials, with some polling stations reporting lost forms.

SOURCE: ODPP

On the eve of voting Tuesday, Eldas polling station was rocked with gunfire while in some constituencies such as Rarieda and Kimilili were rocked with gun related violence which has led to death of one person.

Kimilili Member of Parliament who allegedly shot a rival’s bodyguard is currently being sought after by ODPP.

  

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