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CHRAJ Accepts to Investigate EC After IMANI Petition

CHRAJ said it had accepted to carry out a probe after an initial assessment.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has agreed to investigate the Electoral Commission (EC) for alleged improper conduct following the disposal of elections-related equipment.

In a letter to policy think-tank IMANI Africa (the initiators of a petition last month), CHRAJ said it had accepted to carry out a probe after an initial assessment.

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IMANI had alleged that the EC biometric verification devices (BVDs), which contained sensitive traces of personal data and voter information had ended up at a recycling plant without due protocols.

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“We posit that the EC’s approach to disposing of these electoral items was partly dictated by a need to suppress inventory records and to evade accountability,” Franklin Cidjoe, IMANI’s president had said at the time of filing the petition.

In response to the call for investigations, CHRAJ has requested that IMANI provide more details to carry out the probe. These include; information on the number of BVDs and BVRs that the EC procured from 2011, 2018, and 2019, as well as EC officials who may have put themselves in a conflict of interest situation in their assessment that the equipment was obsolete.

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