Kenya: KNCHR monitors electoral process to ensure fairness and tackle rights violations
Nairobi – Kenya’s National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) has said it is monitoring activities before, during and after next year’s elections as part of a broader strategy to document violations.
The commission said it would deploy staff across the country, especially in areas considered hot spots to ensure state agencies do not violate human rights to avoid a repeat of violence. elections of 2007 which left more than 500,000 dead and thousands more displaced following a contested presidential election. .
The commission said its staff will be required to document the activities and actions of various actors to ensure the protection of human rights in order to ensure free and fair elections.
Deputy Director of the Reform and Accountability Commission, Lucas Kimanthi, said the commission has an elaborate oversight plan that will monitor all activities of the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and other state and non-state actors before, during and after elections.
The proposed strategy involves a four-phase approach focusing on election preparations, political primaries, the election itself and related post-election activities.
“This will involve research and subsequent publication of notices and memoranda to bicameral Houses of Parliament and Senate and other key stakeholders as the 2022 elections approach,” he said.
The preparation of the IEBC in terms of voter registration and staffing as well as candidate compliance and oversight of security agencies will also be on the committee’s radar.
The commission said it would publish a human rights readiness dashboard as well as an electoral operation plan presented as part of the law ahead of the elections.
“The KNHCR will monitor the preparations and the processes of the next general elections in 2022 and will focus more on the human rights prism in order to identify gaps and ways in which the commission can influence respect for human rights. man in the general election process, ”Kimanthi mentioned.
The KNHCR said it believed critical monitoring of political party primaries would resolve the many petitions contesting election results after each electoral cycle.
“Historically, political party primaries have been marred by instances of political interference and failure to respect the rule of law. The KNHRC will monitor the conduct of political parties to ensure compliance,” Kimanthi said, adding that his strategy includes monitoring election results and the entire tally process.