Integrity suit by KNCHR to be heard Monday

May 22, 2017 9:44 am
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EACC will play a key role in clearing candidates ahead of the election. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – A case in which the state-funded human rights group has moved to the Supreme Court with concerns about the integrity of politicians ahead of the General Election was set for hearing on Monday.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) had sought an advisory opinion from the court on standards and guidelines that should apply to leadership and integrity as leaders seek clearance to vie.

In the suit, the human rights group wants aspirants with questionable integrity reputations barred from the election claiming that many of those who won the just-concluded party primaries cannot pass integrity tests.

The agency wants the court to clarify the matter after the High Court and Court of Appeal issued conflicting positions while interpreting Chapter Six of the Constitution, which focuses on integrity.

Several agencies–including the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) will play a key role in clearing candidates to take part in the General Election.

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