All the aspiring who are in the race for any political position in 2022 will no longer participate in any public fundraising (Harambee) from December 9th, 2021.
While appearing before the Senate Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs on December 1, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati reminded all the aspirants that they will not participate in any public fundraising from 9th December 2021.
Chebukati said that any aspirant who will be caught participating directly or indirectly will be committing an electoral offense.
“On the issue of harambees, after December 9, it becomes an election offense, ” he said.
“A person who directly or indirectly participate in any manner in any or public fundraising within eight months preceding a general election or during an election period, in any other case, shall be disqualified from contesting in the election held during that election year or election period,” reads the act.
However, the aspirants will be allowed to attend their fundraisers or their political parties.
The Senate JLAC committee chaired by Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni questioned Chebukati on the election preparedness. Other senators present include Kitui Senator, Julius Wambua.
Chebukati revealed that he was working with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) to prosecute any aspirant who flouted the directive.
He also stated that the commission would be vigilant in the verification of academic papers submitted by aspirants. The electoral commission boss announced that IEBC would be working with the Commission for University Education and the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) to verify all education certificates for aspirants as part of the clearance process.
“We have an arrangement where we are going to have a tripartite agreement and they will help us to vet these academic documents,”