Now EU wants those who botched polls prosecuted
The observer mission had earlier praised the August 8 election process
The European Union observers have called for investigation and possible prosecution of the electoral officials for electoral malpractices that marred the August 8 General Election as it proposed farreaching reforms for free and fair repeat elections.
In an interim statement published yesterday, the EU team – which earlier praised the voter identification and ballot counting stages of the August polls– said senior officials alleged to have committed electoral offences need to face the law.
Nasa has indicated that it will pursue the prosecution of at least six top IEBC for allegedly bungling the poll
The observer mission made a raft of recommendations to promote accountability and transparency in the repeat presidential election set for October 17, after the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory citing irregularities in the tallying process.
Opposition Nasa has indicated that it will pursue the prosecution of at least six top IEBC officials for allegedly bungling the poll.
“There have to date not been any investigations against senior public officers who have reportedly breached the law.” the EU team said in their statement.
“Fast, comprehensive and effective investigations are needed so that there is individual accountability for actions taken”.
Going forward, said Chief Observer of the Election Observation Mission (EOM) Marietje Schaake, every constituency tallying centre needs to project and display on real time entering of data on form 34 B — which shows the constituency tally of Presidential votes — by ICT clerks for party agents to verify what is being tallied.
The observers also noted that more than a quarter of polling stations were late in posting online their manually completed tallying sheets or form 34A.
In some cases they only did so after the legal deadline for the opposition to mount court challenges to the results had passed, they noted. About 30,000 scanned 34A forms out of 40,883 were transmitted on the election night.
The EU urged the election commission to use standardised forms with security features like serial numbers to reduce the opportunities for confusion in the upcoming polls.
It said the electoral board must do a better job of publicly explaining the processes it would follow in counting, tallying and transmission of the votes.
“The re-run offers a key opportunity for Kenya to create a more robust democracy and rule of law,” the observers said.