IEBC ordered to publish list of county rep nominees

 

The court further directed that the Commission set up a dispute resolution mechanism

By Dzuya Walter/Hallygan Agade

The high court has given a five days order to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission   (IEBC) to publish the list of nominees to the county assemblies submitted by political parties.

This followed an application by National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) seeking to stop the gazettement of the nominees to the county assemblies arguing that IEBC reneged on its mandate of supervising the political party lists for the nominees.

The three judge bench of Justices Isaac Lenaola, David Majanja and Mumbi Ngugi also directed the Commission to provide party lists used to nominate persons with special interests to the Association of Persons Living with Disabilities in Kenya (APDK) and the the National Gender and Equality Commission.

Issuing the order, the court noted that proper guidelines were not followed in the nomination of the county assembly representatives.

The court further directed that the Commission set up a dispute resolution mechanism that will handle party disputes after which the names of nominated county representatives will be gazette for swearing in.

The ruling followed a petition filed by the National Gender and Equality Commission last month that resulted in the court order barring the IEBC from gazetting the list of persons nominated to the county assemblies until the matter is concluded.

The petitioner argued that the party lists did not take into account the constitutional guidelines and that it lacked public participation and therefore wanted to be allowed to scrutinize the list by IEBC.

Meanwhile at the chief magistrate court, Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu pleaded not guilty to being in possession of paraphernalia used in preparing narcotic drugs.

Chinedu was arrsted in Nairobi’s up market Kileleshwa estate at around midnight after allegedly found in possession of the substance.

The court heard that Chinedu was found with two digital weighing scales used in the underworld drug market. Chinedu also faces a second count of declining to open the door to his house when Anti-Narcotic Police came calling.

Chief Magistrate Kiarie Waweru rejected an application for bail saying the prosecution had stated reasonable circumstances for further holding of Chinedu and granted the prosecution two days to complete investigations.

The case will be mentioned on Wednesday this week.