Cor­rup­tion, trib­al­ism cited as main hin­der­ances to free and fair polls

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

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.

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