NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The Director of Public Prosecutions has written to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) asking for an investigation into the purchase of the Information Technology systems used in the March 4 General Election.
In a letter addressed to the commission’s CEO Halakhe Waqo, DPP Keriako Tobiko said his decision followed a recommendation of the Supreme Court in its judgement over the presidential petition.
In recognition of the various reasons explaining why the electronic systems failed, the Supreme Court on Tuesday pointed at claims raised by the Director of Information and Technology at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dismas Ong’ondi, who attributed the failure to arguments among IEBC officials during the procurement process.
“Different reasons explain this failure but, by the depositions of Dismas Ong’ondi, the failure mainly arose from the misunderstandings and squabbles among IEBC members during the procurement process – squabbles which occasioned the failure to assess the integrity of the technologies in good time,” the judges explained.
Tobiko asked the anti-corruption body to carry out the investigation and send back a report to his office for further legal action.
The DPP further announced the appointment of a team of prosecution counsel that will assist and guide the investigation to be conducted by the anti-corruption body.
During the March election, the Electronic Voter Identification Devices (EVID) and the Results Transmission System (RTS) failed leading to delay in relaying of results.
Instead of delivering results within 48 hours as promised, the electoral body – amid widespread challenges of tallying the results – announced results after one week.
IEBC chairman Issack Hassan last week confirmed that some of the technologies deployed were not tested prior to the election day.