Corruption, tribalism cited as main hinderances to free and fair polls
Entrenched corruption among politicians, tribalism and lack of transparency and accountability among state agencies have been cited as the major hindrances to free and fair elections.
A report by the National Crime Research Centre titled ‘Election Crimes and Offences in Kenya’ released yesterday, indicates that corruption among politicians ranks highest at 33.8 per cent among problems in control of election crimes and offences. This was followed by lack of transparency and accountability among agencies at 21.4 per cent.
Cash handouts at 13.8 per cent were also listed among the hindrances.
The NCRC has recommended civil education of voters, rights and good leadership, strict maintenance of law and order and stiff penalties for those who violate electoral laws and promotion of patriotism and national unity as possible solutions.
The report also says there is need to improve the investigative capacity of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in emerging reported and unreported crimes and offences related to elections.
Justice Jessie Lessit, who was representing Chief Justice David Maraga, said the judiciary is prepared for the elections.
Attorney General Githu Muigai (pictured) said it is the duty of the judiciary to ensure the country has a peaceful, free and fair and transparent election.