Office of the Ombudsman deploys election observers in 33 Counties

The Commission on Administrative Justice (Office of the Ombudsman) has deployed election observers in about 690 polling stations in 33 counties across the country.

The Commissioners and staff are on long term and short-term deployment and have been accredited by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The Commission says its shall observe the 9th August 2022 General Election to oversee the public electoral management processes to mitigate against (abuse of power, unfair treatment, manifest injustice or unlawful, oppressive, unfair, or unresponsive official conduct).

Commission Chairperson Florence Kajuju says the elections observation mission was undertaken in the context of promoting national values and principles of governance in accordance with Articles 10 and 249(1) of the Constitution.

The Commission’s focus as an election observer is monitoring use of public resources in political activities, monitoring the involvement of holders of appointive public offices in politics, and observing the general management and conduct of the elections,” she said.

Kajuju said monitoring and observation of elections are essential pillars of electoral governance and play a critical role in building public confidence while providing valuable feedback for electoral system reforms.

“The Commission shall also play a critical role as an observer in advancing Implementation measures of the right of access to information,” she said.

At the same time, the Commission is hosting a delegation from the African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) who have been accredited by the IEBC to observe Kenya’s 2022 general elections.

Hon. Mathew P. Mwaimu from Tanzania, Hon. Grace Malera from Malawi, Hon. Pascal Essou from Benin and Hon. Dr. Antonia Florbela Rocha Araujo from Angola are in the Country for the same.

The Head of the mission Hon. Grace Malera, the Ombudsman of Malawi shall also deploy the AOMA election observers to 11 counties; Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kisumu, and Homabay on 9th August 2022.

They main role will be to assess the credibility of the electoral process of the 2022 general election, recommend measures to improve Kenya’s electoral process among others.



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