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KNCHR releases report on last year's polls

05 March 2014, 10:16

Nairobi - The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) marked a year since last polls by releasing a report which names ethnic mobilization as among the irregularities that marred the electoral process.

The report lists a number of irregularities chief among them being ethnic mobilization and destruction of campaign material among opponents.

Senior Programme Officer at KNCHR, George Morara, said campaigners could not leave their opponents’ campaign posters up and continued to strip them down despite pleas for peaceful campaigns through civic education.

“Despite express reprimands by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission some candidates were unwilling to contest fairy, respect the political space of others and abide by the explicit directives of the IEBC, Kenya’s electoral management body,” said Morara.

Morara added that despite having a new constitution that was clear on ethnic mobilization, the electoral period witnessed politics of ethnic mobilization across the country.

The IEBC had conducted civic education across the country calling for peaceful campaigns and elections and also translating what the law says regarding misconduct during the election period but as the survey indicates, irregularities went on undeterred.

KNCHR Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Nyaundi, said that Kenyans should ask themselves what it is that they want to achieve when going to elections.

– CAJ News

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