The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will not stop anyone from vying for a political seat simply because he or she has been charged in the court of law.
This is according to IEBC commissioner Abdi Guliye who says the law only requires them to stop people who have been charged and sentenced for more than six months.
Speaking when he appeared before the Senate Committee, Prof. Guliye said they will be guided by law to sieve thousands of candidates that will want to vie in 2022.
“IEBC can only prevent someone from vying if he has been convicted in a court of law of a minimum sentence of six months and above, we do not have any other guideline that can stop someone from contesting, and we effectively maintained this position and we will not be involved in mob lynching of people, we will follow this position ad live with it,” he told members of the committee.
His directive came after Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei raised fears that politicians being charged in court because of political reasons could be barred from vying in future elections.
The senator wanted to know if IEBC would be at peace allowing leaders who have been charged with incitement and hate speech in several courts to vie in the upcoming 2022 elections.
The IEBC Commissioner also told the committee chaired by Nominated Senator Naomi Shionga that his commission will be ready to hold by elections if the President was to actualize Chief Justice David Maraga advisory to disband parliament.
“The Commission is prepared, we have alsmot 900 staff in 47 counties and 290 constituencies and therefore we are always prepared to conduct elections, only challenge is that we need the support in terms of funding to undertake the elections, so we are prepared” Guliye said.
Guliye however declined to say how much the commission would need, only stating that they can only determine that after the decision to dissolve parliament has been made.