19 February 2013

Kenya: Muhuri Seeks to Bar Six Candidates Over Election Violence

Six Mombasa aspirants may be disqualified if a plan by Muslims for Human Rights succeeds. Muhuri is collecting evidence of election malpractices against two governor hopefuls, two senator candidates, a parliamentary and county representative hopeful.

Programmes manager Shirleen Njeri and project officers Naillah Abdallah and Uba Suleiman said the six have been inciting campaign violence.

"The evidence will be forwarded to the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) with a recommendation that they be disqualified from contesting the elections. Muhuri is here to monitor the electoral process," said Njeri.

The names of the six have been withheld. IEBC South Coast coordinator Amina Soud said if the evidence will be sufficient, the six will be disqualified.

"The ballot paper is not a guarantee that you will be in the race. If we get evidence against you then we will remove your name from the ballot paper," Soud told aspirants.

They were speaking at the launch of Coast community-based organisations training on election monitoring at a Mombasa hotel yesterday.

More than 20 CBOs from the six counties were selected by community leaders to take part in the training, which is conducted in partnership with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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