The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission started the process of reviewing integrity of election aspirants on Wednesday (22/03/17).
The IEBC, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Attorney General (AG), Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Registrar of Political Parties formed a joint team to review the conduct of the politicians.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, noted that the team is mandated to ensure all aspirants comply with Chapter 6 of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity.
“The guidelines are already on the web on election laws and we will be releasing them today for publication tomorrow. They are simply reiterating what is already in the law. We are within our timelines and we are working to make sure nothing stops us from giving Kenyans the election they much await,” stated Chebukati.
The Attorney General Githu Muigai, asked relevant institutions to ensure that Chapter 6 of the Constitution is fully implemented, denying state interference in the electoral process.
“We are gathered here because the government and all institutions mandated to carry out free and credible elections are committed to ensuring the implementation of Chapter 6,” indicated Mr Muigai.
“The meeting today does not intend to compromise in any way the independence of IEBC, EACC, DPP and registrar of political parities but if we are not together we will not be able to meet the mandate of Chapter 6 of the Constitution in the right manner,” he added.
EACC Chair Eliud Wabukala pledged the commission’s support for IEBC to ensure a credible election.
Mr Wabukala also challenged all Kenyans and institutions to play their role in ensuring a smooth process.
The IEBC also vowed to crack the whip on those seeking elective positions yet have questionable academic qualifications.
The electoral body was set to publish guidelines on compliance with leadership and Integrity requirements.
It called on political parties to be meticulous in scrutinizing those seeking nominations to participate in the August poll.