Why Supreme Court Found no Criminality on IEBC Officials

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials have received a reprieve after the Supreme Court failed to incriminate individual persons attached to the mismanagement of the August 8 elections.

In its final decision on Wednesday September 20, the Supreme Court judges said they found no basis to rule any of the IEBC officials culpable because the petitioner, Raila Odinga placed no evidence before the court that would tie IEBC officials to electoral offences committed in the general elections.

“No evidence was placed before us to prove that electoral offences were committed by officials of IEBC. What we saw in evidence was a systematic institutional problem and we were unable to find specific fingerprints of individuals who may have played a role in the commission of irregularities,” CJ David Maraga ruled.

He said the court was therefore unable to “impute any criminal intent or culpability on either the IEBC Chairman or any other Commissioner or member of IEBC.”

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The opposition has been on the forefront demanding resignation of a score of persons at the Commission for allegedly being behind the manipulation of election results during last month’s poll.

The IEBC found itself a victim of the resignation calls even before the Supreme Court delivered its full judgement.