NASA principal forces judge to withdraw from Election case

Fresh details emerged on the relationship between the judge and Kalonzo.

Justice William Musyoka on Friday disqualified himself from the complementary system for voter identification and transmission of results case after he disclosed he had close relations to NASA principal and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.

NASA had lodged a suit in court complaining that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had not put in place the system and that there was no public participation in the whole process.

The Opposition coalition wants the court to declare that the deadline set to put up the system is 60 days to the election date and that there should be no backup system.

“Considering that the said mechanism is only a backup system to the electronic voter identification and transmission system for results, it follows that unless the complementary system is established by regulations, the said elections scheduled for August 8, 2017 shall be exclusively electronic and without a complementary backup system,” the case filed by NASA’s lawyer Jackson Awele reads in part.

NASA argued that the complementary system is shrouded in bad faith and given that there is no adequate time, the system cannot be installed without the approval of Parliament and the participation of all parties.

During an acrimonious voting on the floor of the house, Jubilee legislators due to their numerical strength made amendments that allowed the IEBC to come up with a manual system of identifying voters and transmitting results, complementary to the electronic tallying system.

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