The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have agreed to an election preparedness framework to ensure free, fair and credible 2017 elections.

Noting that the meeting between the two organizations was long overdue, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko, underscored the need to conduct elections in strict adherence to the law.

“It is important for ODPP and IEBC to interrogate and fully implement the newly enacted Election Offences Act 2016 because as institutions of the State, we have the responsibility to ensure that we deliver on our mandate in the forthcoming elections,” said the DPP.

DPP, Keriako Tobiko (seated- second right) and IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (seated- second left) with IEBC Commissioners and ODPP senior staff at the ODPP offices.

The IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on his part expressed confidence in the Commission’s readiness to oversee the elections, despite the looming hurdles.

“My team of commissioners have visited all the 47 counties to ensure systems are in place to enable us work and meet the set deadlines and deliverables,” said Mr. Chebukati.

He was, however, quick to point out that the IEBC would not successfully deliver on its mandate without a well-established synergy among stakeholders.

Key areas of collaboration agreed upon were on capacity building, resource mobilization, information sharing and effective implementation of the Election Offences Act 2016.

Nairobi: Thursday March 9, 2017

ODPP Communication Division, by Rose Kipyego