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Chebukati asks Haji to probe premature campaigns by Ruto, Raila following petition by Aukot

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By Judith Gicobi

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has asked Noordin Haji, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), to investigate claims that the two major political parties ran premature campaigns and used public funds in their campaigns.

Following a letter from the Thirdway Alliance, in which Party Leader Ekuru Aukot claimed that Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had broken Section 14 of the Election Offenses Act, the Commission wrote to Haji.

The Act prohibits the use of public resources to campaign during an election.

“The two are having an undue advantage over other aspirants by dint of using of public resources thus enjoying a competitive edge,” Aukot said in the latter.

In response to Thirdway Alliance, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati stated that only Haji’s office is capable of handling the situation completely and acting.

“In addition, pursuant to Section 21 of the Act, it is the Director of Public Prosecution that has power to order investigations and to prosecute offences under the Act.It is in this premise that we wish to escalate this complaint to your office to deal since the same falls under your purview,” Chebukati remarked.

The formal election campaign period begins on March 30 and ends three days before the election on August 6, according to the Commission, a condition that Thirdway Alliance believes has been breached.

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