EACC gives election scorecard, asks unhappy parties to use law

Eleven teams deployed by the EACC on election day documented cases of voter bribery, procedural irregularities and misuse of public funds.

Chairman Eliud Wabukala gave this report on Wednesday saying the teams which had a total of 60 members reported 26 incidents of alleged voter bribery.

Wabukala said the cases were recorded in Garissa, Meru, Busia, Wajir, Nyamira and Machakos counties.

“Seven cases were handled by police, one was referred to the Interior ministry and the commission is still pursuing two others,” he said in a statement.

“The other 16 cases were pursued but remained unsubstantiated.”

The chairman added EACC is also following a case in which an aspirant in Mavoko, Machakos, was spotted using a state corporation vehicle at a polling station.

Wabukala also reported that a number of voters at various polling stations complained about electoral clerks not following procedural regulations.

He cited the late opening of polling stations, officers manning polling stations not wearing identification badges and voters being directed to the wrong voting streams.

“Some voters went to the wrong polling stations only to be directed to their correct centres after having queued for hours.”

But the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission said the election was to a large extent orderly, peaceful and transparent.

Wabukala reminded all elected politicians, governors-elect in particular, to strengthen accountability mechanisms in their counties.

He also noted new and re-elected candidates are bound by the Leadership and Integrity Act.

The anti-corruption boss asked them to sign and commit to the Leadership and Integrity Code of their offices seven days after assuming office or during the time of taking oath.

Section 42 of the Leadership and Integrity Act requires elected and nominated or appointed state officers to sign and commit to leadership and integrity codes while taking their oaths.

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has disputed IEBC’s declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the poll. His announcement sparked a series of protests in Opposition strongholds, where several people were injured or killed.

Wabukala noted: “We cannot afford to see the country degenerate to lawlessness on account of contesting electoral outcomes when there are clearly laid down procedures through the justice system.”

However, the National Super Alliance has ruled out taking its grievances to court saying “we have been there before and we know what happens”.

Raila is expected to make a key announcement on their next step. He lost the election after getting 6,762,224, votes against Uhuru’s 8,203,290.

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