Nanok warns IEBC against barring governors from polls over integrity matters

Turkana governor Josephat Nanok who is also the chairman of the COG . Governors have backed the referendum call PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The council of governors chairman Joseph Nanok has warned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC from barring any governor from contesting in the upcoming polls on matters integrity.

Addressing the press in Nairobi on Monday, Nanok stated that it is not right for IEBC to bar any gubernatorial aspirant in regards to integrity and corruption related offences, that have not been proven true by the law courts.

The Turkana governor added that there is no constitution basis for barring anyone who has not been charged, found guilty or involved in any previous misconduct from vying in any seat.

“To date no governor has been charged for any offence in a court of law, hence, there is no constitutional basis for barring anyone who has not been charged, found guilty and exhausted all appeal avenues within the Kenyan judicial system” said Nanok.

According to  media reports, 19 governors might be barred from running for offices in various counties, among them being Kiambu, Machakos, Nairobi and Kirinyaga county.

The council of governors have termed allegations in the media reports regarding the 19 governors as false.