Fresh election laws to bar corrupt aspirants

Fresh election laws to bar corrupt aspirants
Photo: IEBC boss Ezra Chiloba says new proposed laws will lock out corrupt persons from seeking elective office. Photo/FILE

Corrupt individuals aspiring for political seats in the August General Election will be locked out of party nominations following the publication of new regulations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The new rules give the IEBC sweeping powers to determine who participates in the elections. Under the proposed regulations, tabled by Leader of Majority in Parliament, Aden Duale, a candidate must obtain and submit clearance from the EACC as prescribed under the Leadership and Integrity Act.

In the past, the principal regulations required an aspiring candidate to fill in and provide the certificate personally without scrutiny by the Commission.

The new regulations are likely to knock the wind off six governors facing graft-related cases in court as well as the 26 members of the Trans Nzoia County Assembly, who were this week charged with defrauding the county government.

Also to be affected are other individuals who have had a date with the anti graft agency whose matter has either been taken to court or is under investigation.

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Also, candidates will be required to provide academic papers duly certified by the institution of learning they went to, as opposed to the common procedure in which a candidate fills a declaration form without certification by the institution attended.

And to prevent individuals cheating on their disability, aspiring individuals will be required to provide certification from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Those who claim to have university education will require clearance from the Commission for University Education and not the Commission of Higher Education.

The new regulations also stipulate the role of the IEBC in the party primaries, which will be limited to the supervision and conduct of nominations on the day set aside for this exercise but it shall not participate in the preparation of party lists.

Nominations shall be held on a date to be agreed upon between the party and the commission, or where parties request for additional days.

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A political party that requests the Commission to supervise its primaries shall be responsible for all the preparatory work, including notifying the members of the date, time and venue of the exercise.

Parties will also invite, receive and process applications from aspiring candidates, prepare the list of candidates and do everything else required to be done in preparation for nominations.

The electoral commission warned recently that it would not conduct nominations if parties fail to adhere to the highest election standards. CEO Ezra Chiloba said parties will be required to adhere to a nomination checklist that IEBC will submit to them.

The amended 2006 Elections Law allows IEBC to conduct party nominations whenever requested to do so by the respective parties.It also requires that political parties conduct primaries and nominations 60 days before the General Election.

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