Courts cases disrupt election plans — IEBC

Courts cases disrupt election plans — IEBC
Courts cases disrupt election plans — IEBC

Africa-Press – Kenya. Court judgements and orders are disrupting plans to hold the General Election on Tuesday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has decried.

Commissioner Justus Nyang’aya, however, said the electoral agency will obey court directives even when they disrupt preparations ahead of the polls.

“As far as court judgements and orders are concerned, they are rather disruptive. We were training staff on specific lines that we had agreed on but now we have to regroup and train them again,” he said.

The remarks came hours after the court has quashed the decision by IEBC not to use the manual register of voters to identify voters in the August 9 polls and only relying with Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits.

In a ruling Thursday, High Court judge Mugure Thande said the court finds the decision to be unconstitutional and ordered the manual register to be used too.

“The decision by IEBC via a letter dated June 10,2022, stating that the first respondent shall not use the manual voter register in the general election of Tuesday August 9, 2022, is unconstitutional and the said decision is hereby quashed,” court ruled.

Judge Thande said reasons given by the commission that the printed version maybe manipulated is not enough since technology can also be manipulated.

Addressing a media briefing at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, Nyang’aya said it was not the way the commission was hoping things would go.

He said the commission would issue a detailed statement following the decision by the court.

“In light of the ruling, we have a detailed statement that will be issued by our chairperson. As a commission, we have sat down and looked at the judgement,” he added.

Nyang’aya further said court orders have caused delays in the arrival of some ballot papers in the country.

“All papers were supposed to be in the country on Wednesday but some will be arriving a day later,” he added.

He nonetheless pointed out that presidential ballot papers arrived in the country on Wednesday as planned.

“Court cases are making us a bit jittery. We now have to move with speed and make sure ballot papers get their respective destinations latest by Sunday,” he said.

He said papers that will arrived late will have to be transported by airplanes and helicopters.

Nyang’aya noted that 10 areas across the country have had court cases.

“We were forced to remove some names or add others. It was mostly for ward seats,” he explained.

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