NAIROBI, KENYA- Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says 2022 general elections aspirants with fake academic papers will be banished.
IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati said the commission was working closely with the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) to stamp out academic fraud among aspirants
“We will be happy to work together to address the issue of fake academic qualifications by candidates seeking elective positions,” said Mr. Chebukati.
Chebukati said that close to 20,000 contestants are expected to vie in various elective positions in the 2022 polls.
The Chair also stated the commission will step-up its engagement with relevant stakeholders in a bid to get rid of falsified academic credentials and ensure only legitimate and genuine qualifications are used in clearing aspirants.
“We are here to seek collaboration so that any candidate that will be seeking elective positions among others have their academic certificates vetted. We have the required expertise to handle the vetting of the academic documents,” said KNQA Chairman Dr. Mwiria during the meeting at Anniversary Towers.
Dr. Mwiria revealed that the authority has developed a national database for all eligibilities, which will be a one-stop-shop for all qualifications in the country. The database will contain information from all sectors on the education and training system.
He also urged elected leaders to be exemplary by only presenting genuine certificates to the electoral body.