IEBC hit with tough court order hours to Kibra by-election

Urgent order just hours to much awaited by-election

High Court orders IEBC to hand over Kibra voters register to ODM hours to by election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been ordered to hand over the Kibra voters' register to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party just hours to the Member of National Assembly by election.

IEBC has, however, claimed that in order to comply with the order by High Court Judge John Makau, the commission will require at least seven days and up to 10 days.

Justice Makau clarified that IEBC woul be required to give details of the voters such as name and national identity card number without disclosing their personal data.

The commission claimed that it would need to submit the register for printing to De La Rue before the Orange party can be supplied.

ODM moved to court on Monday claiming that IEBC intended to unlawfully deny some of the Kibra registered voters from participating in he poll set for Thursday.

In court papers, ODM cites that a number of letters submitted to IEBC have gone unanswered.

"ODM is apprehensive that the said refusal is an outright breach of the law, is in bad faith and unless remedied forthwith, may facilitate fraud or other illegalities against the people of Kibra Constituency by denying persons with legitimate expectation to vote the right to do so," the political party submitted to the court.

IEBC relocates 36 Kibra polling stations

About a week prior to the ruling, IEBC published a Gazette Notice outlining that Kibra has 118,658 voters eligible to vote in the November 7 by-election.

The commission further released numbers of voters per polling station revealing that 36 polling stations had been relocated due to the ongoing national examinations at some of the voter stations.

One of the affected electoral centres was the Old Kibera Primary School, where former Prime Minister Raila Odinga voted during the 2017 General Election.


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