DPP Asks EACC To Probe Transfer of voters

Five commission officials, according to Haji, transferred the voters to Eldas Constituency in Wajir County and Balambala Constituency in Garissa County.

Noordin Haji, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has directed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate recent allegations of irregular and illegal voter transfers in parts of Wajir and Garissa counties.

In a letter dated August 4, DPP Haji referred to a report on the alleged incidents from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Marjan Hussein.

Five commission officials, according to Haji, transferred the voters to Eldas Constituency in Wajir County and Balambala Constituency in Garissa County.

The officials have since been identified as; Adan Salah (former ICT Officer for Wajir now in Garissa), Issack Muhumed (from Returning Officer for Eldas now in Ijara), Abdullahi Musa Mohammed (from RO for Balambala now in Wajir North).

The others were Mohammed Maow Abdi (former Deputy RO for Balambala) and Ali Noor Hussein (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 comes just weeks after Deputy President William Ruto claimed that voters were transferred from his strongholds, a move he called a ruse to rig the upcoming elections.