In Summary
  • In the statement dated September 14, the EU mission made a raft of recommendations to promote accountability and transparency in the repeat presidential election set for October 17.

  • The mission called for “thorough investigations of alleged electoral offences in order to promote prosecutions where warranted, including of IEBC staff.”

  • It noted that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had reported 95 pre-election criminal cases, mostly related to party primaries with 85 individuals charged in relation to election-day crimes, including 24 election officials.

An observer mission has called for investigation and possible prosecution of IEBC officials for electoral malpractices that marred the August 8 General Election.

The European Union Observer Mission in its interim statement demands that IEBC officials who committed election offences be held responsible for their actions.

PROBE

In the statement dated September 14, the EU mission made a raft of recommendations to promote accountability and transparency in the repeat presidential election set for October 17.

The mission called for “thorough investigations of alleged electoral offences in order to promote prosecutions where warranted, including of IEBC staff.”

It noted that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had reported 95 pre-election criminal cases, mostly related to party primaries with 85 individuals charged in relation to election-day crimes, including 24 election officials.

“There have to date not been any investigations against senior public officers who have reportedly breached the law. Some stakeholders have questioned the ability of the ODPP to challenge more senior leaders,” read the statement by Marietje Schaake, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission.

OFFENCES

“Fast, comprehensive and effective investigations are needed so that there is individual accountability for actions taken,” it added.

The statement comes in the wake of mounting pressure from the National Super Alliance (Nasa) calling for the prosecution of top IEBC officials they allege committed election offences during the August 8 election.

Nasa has indicated that it will pursue the prosecution of at least six top IEBC for allegedly bungling the poll.

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