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June 20, 2018

IEBC officials may ‘conceal evidence’

One of the protesters during the Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu Demonstrators./victor imboto kutswa
One of the protesters during the Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu Demonstrators./victor imboto kutswa

 

Civil society organisations yesterday said they fear the IEBC commissioners and senior officials implicated in the bungled August 8 presidential election could destroy evidence.

   They want the DPP Keriako Tobiko to begin investigations immediately.

On September 1, the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win, citing irregularities and illegalities in the electoral process. The court ordered a new presidential poll in 60 days. IEBC slated the election on October 17.

The court is to give its full judgment and reasons for annulment of the election by September 22.

CSOs under the Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu umbrella said that delays in securing evidence could lead to interference by IEBC officials involved in the electoral fraud.

ICJ Kenya chairman Njonjo Mue said the contents of the memo from  IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to CEO Ezra Chiloba, and which is public, indicating how the 2017 General Election was conducted showed fraud.

“From information exclusively available to the IEBC officials and their agents, but whose disclosure is compellable, we have good reasons to believe all the IEBC commissioners, including the chairman, and senior staff led by Chiloba have committed electoral and criminal offences and ought to be investigated and prosecuted,” he said.

Mue said although the Supreme Court is yet to issue its full reasons for the decision and judgment, the DPP cannot afford to procrastinate, given the high likelihood of destruction or concealment of evidence.

“That will  assist in taking timely steps to secure and preserve the evidence and forestall further criminal offences,” Mue said.

Mue spoke at the DPP’s office, where he led CSO leaders into presenting their petition.

The petition references to the Supreme Court decision overturning the presidential results of the August 8 poll.

Mue said the election was found not to have been conducted in accordance with the principles laid down by the Constitution and laws related to elections.

“There are several offences that we have pointed out in our petition memorandum that we think there is prima facie evidence that certain officers and or commissioners for the IEBC may have committed.

   “Our demand on behalf of the Kenyan people is that we want to confront electoral impunity that has haunted this country for the last three elections,” Mue said.

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