DPP Haji Orders the EACC to Look into Claims that IEBC Officials Transferred Votes.

Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions (DPP), has instructed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to look into recent allegations of irregular and unlawful voter transfer in several areas of the counties of Garissa and Wajir.

DPP Haji referred to a report from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Marjan Hussein regarding the alleged occurrences in a letter dated August 4 to EACC boss Twalib Mbarak.

Five members of the commission, according to Haji, shifted the voters to the Balambala Constituency in Garissa County and the Eldas Constituency in Wajir County.

The officials have now been identified as Adan Salah (formerly the Wajir ICT Officer, now residing in Garissa), Issack Muhumed (formerly the Eldas Returning Officer, presently residing in Ijara), and Abdullahi Musa Mohammed (from RO for Balambala now in Wajir North).

The other two were Ali Noor Hussein and Mohammed Maow Abdi, a former deputy RO for Balambala (RO for Balambala Constituency).

“The alleged registration and transfers of voters to Eldas Constituency in Wajir County and the Balambala Constituency in Garissa County by the aforementioned IEBC staff is contrary to Sections 3 and 6 of the Election Offences Act, 2016. 1,” the DPP said in a letter to EACC.

“Pursuant to Section 5(2) (b) of ODPP Act and Section 21 of the Elections Offences Act, I hereby request you to institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegations and thereafter submit the resultant investigation file for perusal and further directions.”

The letter was sent a few weeks after Deputy President William Ruto alleged that voters from his support areas had been moved, a move he characterized as an attempt to rig the next elections.

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Written by Esther Oyugi

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