2022 polls: EACC seeks to disqualify 241 apirants including 3 presidential candidates

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 20:26 | By
EACC Chief Executive Twalib Mbarak at a press briefing.
EACC Chief Executive Twalib Mbarak at a press briefing. PHOTO/Print

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) questioning the integrity of 241 aspirants eyeing various elective seats in the August 9 polls.

In a letter by EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak, the anti-graft body claims that out of 54 presidential and deputy presidential aspirants, three have integrity issues that need to be interrogated by the electoral body.

“The requirements for a person to qualify as a candidate in an election for the different elective positions are set out in various laws, including the Constitution, Elections Act, Leadership and Integrity Act and the various subsidiary legislation and Codes of Conduct established under or pursuant to the said laws,” Mbarakw wrote.

Others in EACC list

Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters.

Also on the list are 61 governor aspirants and their deputies that the integrity body said should be blocked from contesting in the upcoming polls.

Some six senatorial candidates, 19 Woman Representative aspirants, 58 aspiring MPs and 94 MCA aspirants have also been flagged by the anti-graft body.

“In particular, persons seeking election to a State Office are required to observe and maintain moral and ethical requirements as set out in Section 13(1) of the Leadership and Integrity Act," the EACC boss added.

Mbarak further reiterated that persons who have been removed or dismissed from office are disqualified from holding any other public office.

“In addition, the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003 and the Bribery Act, 2016 provide for disqualifications from being elected or appointed to public office in respect of persons convicted of offences under the said laws,” he said.

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