Punish election bunglers

Friday September 22 2017

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Although the Supreme Court found no electoral official personally culpable over the “illegalities” and “irregularities” that led to the nullification of the presidential election, the question of who was ultimately responsible remains unanswered.

However, as a country, there is need to develop a culture of accountability among public and State officers to ensure they act within the law and that they are held responsible for the consequences of their decisions.

As such, there is a need for the investigative arms of the government to take proactive measures to find out who was responsible for the failures, especially given that the fresh election is going to cost taxpayers Sh10 billion.


This is even before one counts the social, economic and political cost to the citizenry.

In that regard, the Director of Criminal Investigations, as well as the Director of Public Prosecutions, should, on their own accord, initiate investigations with a view to bringing the culprits to book.

If there were electoral officials, at whatever level, who flouted the laws and rules of procedure, they must be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to potential offenders.

That is one of the surest way of ensuring that those entrusted with running elections perform their duties in accordance with the law and to the satisfaction of the public.