EACC gives August 8 election scorecard

EACC gives August 8 election scorecard

- in Elections 2017, News, Politics

Eleven teams deployed by the EACC on election day documented cases of voter bribery, procedural irregularities and misuse of public funds.

Chairman Eliud Wabukala gave this report on Wednesday saying the teams which had a total of 60 members reported 26 incidents of alleged voter bribery.

Wabukala said the cases were recorded in Garissa, Meru, Busia, Wajir, Nyamira and Machakos counties.

“Seven cases were handled by police, one was referred to the Interior ministry and the commission is still pursuing two others,” he said in a statement.

“The other 16 cases were pursued but remained unsubstantiated.”

The chairman added EACC is also following a case in which an aspirant in Mavoko, Machakos, was spotted using a state corporation vehicle at a polling station.

Wabukala also reported that a number of voters at various polling stations complained about electoral clerks not following procedural regulations.

He cited the late opening of polling stations, officers manning polling stations not wearing identification badges and voters being directed to the wrong voting streams.

“Some voters went to the wrong polling stations only to be directed to their correct centres after having queued for hours.”

But the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission said the election was to a large extent orderly, peaceful and transparent.

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