The forthcoming general election is an opportunity for Kenyans to elect leaders who will run the governance affairs of the country in line with the provisions of the Constitution.
The commissions asserted that the right to vote or to be voted for, the right to gender equality and freedom from discrimination, the right to fair administrative action, the right to access information, the right to an election free from violence, hate speech and other critical rights as entrenched in the Constitution must be safeguarded at all costs during all processes of the electoral cycle.
The call for free and transparent elections were made during a joint press conference held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Nairobi. The commissions involved in the joint effort to safeguard the election process are; the Commission on Administrative Justice, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, National Gender and Equality Commission, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
The commissions regretted rampant cases of hate speech, incitement to violence, bribery, administrative injustices and undermining of access to information rights of citizens. They warned that any public institution or public servant who will discriminate the provision of public services on the basis of political persuasions must face the full sanction of the law.
The entities further affirmed their support for efforts by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in enforcing the electoral code of conduct signed by candidates and political parties during the campaign season and on polling day, August 8, 2017.