CHRAJ opens probe into EC’s equipment disposal practices

IMANI Africa submitted the petition on 6 May 2024, raising concerns about the EC's handling of Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) and Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has confirmed it is investigating the Electoral Commission (EC) following a petition by IMANI Africa.

The petition alleges breaches of constitutional, statutory and administrative procedures surrounding the retirement and disposal of election equipment.

IMANI Africa submitted the petition on 6 May, 2024, raising concerns about the EC’s handling of Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) and Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits.

The petition specifically references a controversial episode dubbed the “fire sale of electoral equipment for scrap,” which has attracted significant public scrutiny.

In a response dated 27 May 2024, signed by Commissioner Joseph Whittal, CHRAJ acknowledged the petition and requested additional information from IMANI to support the investigation.

“The Commission, however, requests your Centre to provide it with information on the following (i.e., further and better particulars) relating to the allegations to assist the investigation,” the statement reads. “Kindly make the said information available to the Commission within ten days upon receipt of this letter.”

Read the full statement below:

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