Kenya’s Coalition of Civil Society under the umbrella body Uchaguzi Platform has expressed concern over the increasing cases of public officers using public resources to further their political campaigns.
Transparency International Kenya Executive Director Sheila Masinde says public servants must refrain from the behaviour even as she called on relevant government bodies to hold these public servants to account.
The group has also condemned the continued zoning of the country by candidates and political parties.
“We wish to remind the political class that every citizen including candidates have the freedom of movement to and from any part of the country,” They said.
They spoke during a joint media briefing on election preparedness and other pertinent electoral issues ahead of the August 9th general election.
“We are concerned by the lack of adequate involvement of electoral stakeholders in the audit of the voters’ register, and failure to make public the preliminary report by the audit firm.
We demand that the IEBC addresses all the concerns arising from the stakeholders before certifying and publishing the 2022 voters register. A clean, accurate and complete voters’ register is an integral component of a credible election,” Electoral Law Governance Institute for Africa Executive Director Felix Odhiambo said.
They have also urged users of digital spaces to exercise responsibility when engaging on social media platforms saying the sites are full of political misinformation propagating hate speech.
The Group has also called on the Inspector General of Police to issue a comprehensive statement on security preparedness ahead of the election.
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