Council of Governors chairman Peter Munya has faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) regulations to lock out politicians facing corruption charges in the August poll.
Under the new rules tabled by the IEBC in Parliament, all political aspirants must be cleared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) before vying for any seat.
Munya sentiments come amid reports from the Office of Auditor General Eduard Ouko of massive public fund misappropriation in the counties.
“The law allowing EACC to vet leaders is aimed at targeting governors over counties expenditures. Most of allegations are general and unsubstantiated.” Munya said.
Speaking in Nakuru, Munya added that, even those who are facing corruption charges in a court of law cannot be barred from contesting until proven guilty according to the constitution.
The new regulations mean that politicians with integrity questions will be locked out of the race.
Previously, aspirants were only required to fill arbitrary self-declaration forms as proof of their integrity.
The new regulations also set out the rules for IEBC’s involvement in party primaries.
The agency appears to throw a spanner in the works of political parties keen to use its services to conduct the nominations.