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EC officials, party agents to swear oaths before judges

This was contained in a list of 27 reforms the EC is undertaking to ensure that the 2016 polls become "our best ever."

 
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Alternatively, they will have to swear before a judicial officer.

The practice in previous elections saw officials and party agents swearing oaths before officers of the EC instead.

According to the Electoral Commission, the change will ensure that EC officials and party agents "know the full effect of their failure to work within the rules."

EC officials and party agents have been criticized in the past for not following laid down rules. Party agents have been accused of creating tension especially during counting of votes and refusal to sign certified results when they are not in favour of their political party.

The EC also says compensation for its officials has been greatly improved and will contribute to quality service at polling stations.

"The Compensation package for Election officials has been improved. This will make them highly motivated to deliver excellent electoral service and support to all voters nationwide," the EC said.

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