Jubilee challenges NASA in court over IEBC officers stalemate

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By Lilian Otieno and Ben Chumba

The Jubilee party has challenged a case by the opposition team NASA seeking to overturn the appointment of constituency and county returning officers by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju says the case by the opposition has no merit and should be dismissed on grounds.

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Tuju further says that IEBC has the executive independence to carry out reassignment of duties of existing staff without involving the political parties.

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On the 18th of May this year, the opposition team NASA went to court under a certificate urgency crying foul over the decision by IEBC to appoint election returning officers without consulting key players.

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NASA argued that they were not consulted and as such the move is illegal and should therefore be overturned.

NASA in their application said that the commission made a decision to do staff changes and movements which did not adhere to the principles of good governance set out in the constitution

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IEBC in its defense said being an independent constitutional commission, they had administrative independence to recruit, deploy, transfer, redeploy or promote its staff members in accordance with its human resource and administration policies and procedures manual.

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