Courts interfering with electoral commission, IEBC argues

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IEBC clerk registering a voter. Photo/ Courtesy


Director Legal and Public Affairs of IEBC Praxedes Tororey has said that orders by the court to extend the voter registration exercise is an outright interference with the mandate of IEBC.

Mr Tororey was replying to a case by Okiya Omtata to extend the voter registration exercise until May this year.

IEBC argues that the law provides certain fixed timelines around which the entire process of voter registration exercise must be done and this cannot be extended without a corresponding change in law, thus making the whole process extremely time sensitive.

The commission further claims that it has been spending Ksh70 million on a daily basis during the mass voter registration exercise.

“In light of the foregoing, it is not tenable to simply embark on extended voter registration without taking into account all these factors,” IEBC argued.

The commission further argued that if the orders sought by Omtata are granted they would interfere with the fiscal and logistical measures put in place by the commission to ensure that there is an accurate, verifiable and accountable election, which is a cardinal requirement in the electoral system.

The electoral commission wants the case dismissed on grounds that it is bad in law as it only seeks to interfere with the electoral process timeline.

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