Judges dismiss NASA’s petition on manual back-up system


“The court, therefore, finds that it would not be feasible to declare that the elections to be held on the 8th of August 2017 be exclusively electronic,” ruled the Judges.

By Asha Mwana Khamisi

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The National Super Alliance (NASA) Friday lost its petition on complementary voter system and transmission of results.

Nairobi High Court judges Justices George Kimondo, Hedwig Ong’udi and Alfred Mabeya dismissed the case, saying the petition lacked merit.

In the petition, NASA wanted to have polls put off in affected counties, constituencies or wards if the electronic system fails.

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NASA had argued that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had failed to put in place a complementary system as required by law.

But the judges dismissed the case, saying IEBC had instituted mechanisms to address the situation.

The court further ruled that Regulations 69 and 83 of the Elections Regulations 2012 amounted to complementary mechanism envisaged by the Constitution.

Regarding public participation, the three-Judge bench dismissed allegations that there was no public participation and ruled that the law was approved by the Parliament which represents Kenyans.

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Elsewhere, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is currently meeting regional and County commanders at the Kenya School of Government to plan for a safe, secure and peaceful General Election.

Other security agencies in the meeting include Kenya Wildlife Service-KWS, Kenya Forest Service, National Youth Service-NYS and National Intelligence Service.

Boinnet has reaffirmed his commitment to closely work with all security agencies to provide a peaceful environment for Kenyans to exercise their democratic right of voting in the August 8th polls.

The high level security meeting comes just a few days after Marietje Schaake, the Chief Observer of the European Union warned that the country risked plunging into election-related violence due to the heightened campaigns that appear to be polarizing.

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Meanwhile, The Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary-General Abbas Gullet has assured Kenyans that they are prepared to respond to any emergency that may arise during the forthcoming general election.

Speaking Friday morning during a breakfast meeting on election preparedness, Abass said they have deployed staff in all the 47 counties to respond to perceived emergencies before, during and after august 8th poll.

The Secretary General said Red Cross has established coordination mechanism with national government and other actors to respond to any unlikely situation during this electioneering period.

In addition, the Thirdway Alliance Presidential Candidate Dr. Ekuru Aukot has made an about turn regarding his participation in the presidential debate slated for Monday 24th a day after he had threatened to boycott.

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In a tweet, Dr Aukot said he will be attending the debate to discuss and present his ideas to Kenyans.

On Thursday, Dr. Aukot had threatened to boycott the event over what he termed as discrimination by organizers.

This comes days after his running mate Emmanuel Nzai and six other running mates boycotted the deputy presidential debate that took place on 17th July at catholic university in Nairobi over various issues.

Only independent presidential candidate Japheth Kavinga’s running mate Eliud Muthiora Kariara, attended the debate.

The presidential candidates expected to attend the debate are Jubilee party’s Uhuru Kenyatta, national super alliance candidate Raila Odinga, Alliance for real change candidate Abduba Dida, Cyrus Jirongo of United Democratic Party (UDP) and independent candidates Professor Michael Wainaina, Japheth Kavinga and Joseph Nyaga.

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