, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3- The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has assured that it is committed to ensuring that there will be no voter bribery in next year’s General Election.
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba says the commission will work jointly with other agencies including police and the Director of Public Prosecutions to eliminate the vice.
“We cannot be all over. We have to work with security agencies…IG’s(Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is here and we have a joint programme; the election security programme, that seeks to train security officers to understand the critical processes when it comes to the electoral process and the role of security when it comes to enforcement,” he said.
Chiloba was speaking at the Leadership Forum on 2017 elections which is underway in Kwale attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, various Cabinet Secretaries, government officials and governors including Kenneth Lusaka of Bungoma.
Lusaka cited concerns on “graft, more so when people continue to bribing voters before they go to vote. Sometime your officers are helpless.”
He urged the electoral body to enhance its capacity so that it can deal with such cases of malpractices more so during the Election Day.
On his part, Attorney General Githu Muigai has told the forum that there is need for all the players, particularly those vying for top offices to familiarize themselves with election laws.
“We always talk about civic education for the voter and the truth is that we do need civic education for participants,” he pointed out.
He noted that some political aspirants were not even prepared in terms of the legal requirements and procedures.
“The integrity screening is going to be up scale,” he cautioned.
All arms of Government are presented in the summit and are being tasked to explain on how they are prepared ahead of next year’s General elections.
CORD leader Raila Odinga and his brigade announced Saturday that they will not attend the forum organised by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), accusing it of being manipulated by the government.