NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22 – Candidates aspiring for various elective seats in the forthcoming polls are required to submit self declaration forms to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to facilitate their clearance.
The commission has directed contestants to also attach copies of identification documents (National Identity Card or Passport), Kenya Revenue Authority PIN certificates and academic documents to expedite the process.
“To facilitate clearance by the commission the aspirants are required to submit a self-declaration form to EACC, which should be duly filled with all information and sworn before a Magistrate/Commissioner of Oaths,” a statement from the commission states in part.
According to the Commission’s Chairperson Archbishop (Retired) Eliud Wabukala and Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo, the commission will conduct a background check on the information submitted to ensure candidates meet the requirements of the sixth chapter of the Constitution and Section 13 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.
Wabukala and Waqo said EACC will strictly abide by the law when determining the suitability or otherwise of those vying in the August 8th General Election.
Among questions contained in the declaration form include; whether or not one has ever engaged in any kind of dishonest in conduct of public affairs, abused a public office, misrepresented information to the public, engaged in wrongful conduct whilst in furtherance of personal benefit and whether one has ever misused public resources.
Other questions focus on discrimination, falsification of official or personal records, de-registration from professional bodies, revocation of occupational of vocational license, dismissal on account of lack of integrity, failure by holders of public office to declare income, assets and liabilities as required by Public Officer Ethics Act of 2003, conviction and sentencing for at least six months and whether or not an aspirant has ever been denied a certificate of good conduct or visa.
According to Section 13 of the Leadership and Integrity Act (2012), moral requirements required to be adhered to include; demonstration of honesty in the conduct of public affairs and the compliance to key laws among them the Sexual Offences Act (No. 3 0f 2006).
The self-declaration forms are available for downloading at the commission’s website – www.eacc.go.ke.