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IEBC: No elections official was driven in MP’s car

10 February 2015, 11:32 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has dismissed claims by some leaders in Homa Bay that an elections official was seen being driven in a local MP’s car.

In a statement, the commission said election officials are assigned official transport during the cause of their duty and that the allegations have no basis at all.

According to the commission, all poll officials appointed and deployed in the Homa Bay by-election are under oath to discharge their duties diligently.“It is important to note that malicious allegations towards election officials may expose them to danger, a clear contravention of Paragraph 6(k) (iv) of the Electoral Code of Conduct which requires all those bound by the Code to: “take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of observers and other representatives of the Commission from exposure to insult, hazard or threat in the course of their official duties,” the statement read in part.

Also read: Kajwang's Homa Bay petition thrown out by IEBC

IEBC said prior to the recruitment of the officials, it, deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties the list of persons proposed for appointment to disseminate to all Political Parties and Independent Candidates to enable them make the necessary representations in accordance with the law.

“The electoral management body remains focused on its mandate of delivering a free, fair and credible election in a peaceful environment,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, IEBC will brief more than 100 observers both local and international accredited to observe the Homa Bay by-elections set for Thursday.

The commission said all officials have been trained and are ready to manage the polls.

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