The Star (Nairobi)

26 February 2013

Kenya: IEBC Summons Kimemia Over Rigging Claims

The head of civil service Francis Kimemia has written to the electoral commission denying claims by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy that he ... ( Resource: Kenyan Civil Service Boss Denies Rigging Allegations

THE Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is to summon Public Service boss Francis Kimemia to answer allegations by Cord of attempting to influence the election results. Cord officials will also be asked to personally explain their allegations.

IEBC chairman Issack Hassan yesterday said that Kimemia, Internal Security PS Mutea Iringo and other civil servants had responded to the Cord allegations.

"We have received the responses of Kimemia, Iringo and others denying all the allegations but it doesn't end there. We will call both sides to a meeting to understand the accusations," Hassan said.

"Some of them have even brought reports of the vehicles that they are accused to have used, which they say do not belong to them. We want to listen to both sides and establish the veracity the claims given that each side has given its written submission," the IEBC chairman said yesterday as he met the African Union Election Observer Mission led by retired Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano.

Last week Cord wrote to IEBC accusing Kimemia, Iringo, Treasury PS Joseph Kinyua and Kennedy Kihara of the Office of the President of campaigning for Jubilee in contravention of the Electoral Code of Conduct and against the rule of civil service impartiality.

CORD listed six incidents where Kimemia and other public servants allegedly met presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and members of the provincial administration to campaign for Jubilee.

Chief Electoral Officer James Oswago said Kimemia and the others had replied to the IEBC enquiry denying the Cord claims.

Hassan warned that it was illegal for any civil servant to participate in partisan politics but insisted that it was "not technically possible and feasible to rig the elections."

"The voter turn-out and the results will be reconciled with the number of voters registered in each polling station. The presiding officers have also been instructed to report to the Commission headquarters when the polls open at 6am, three hours later at 9am, at noon, at 3pm and when the polls close giving the number of ballot papers that have been issued," said Hassan.

Kimemia has made no public comment on the Cord allegations. Hassan asked parties and candidates to desist from making claims of rigging unless they have clear cut evidence. He said complaints should be filed formally with the Commission for investigation.

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