The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is suing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over its decision not to use a manual register of voters as a complementary system during the August 9 general elections.
KHRC claims the decision would lead to voters being locked out of the exercise should the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) fail.
In a petition filed in court, the Rights Commission further argues that IEBC has a duty to facilitate and not deny any eligible citizen the right to vote terming the decision as unlawful.
“The decision of the Commission to strictly rely on the KIEMS as the only mode of voter identification is not only in violation of Statute but also susceptible to massive failure which can lead to ultimate postponement of the general elections on Tuesday 9th August 2022,” the petition reads
“Approximately 2.5million voters had to rely on the physical register in the 2017 general election after verification of their details failed due to poor quality of the fingerprints, exposure of KIEMS kits to weather elements and technical failure of some kits,” KHRC added
The petition is also backed by other civil society organizations including; Katiba Institute, Commission of Jurists (ICJ)-Kenya, Haki yetu, Inuka Kenya ni Sisi Ltd, Africa Centre for Open Governance and Constitution and Reform Education Consortium.
IEBC and its Chairperson Wafula Chebukati have been named as respondents in the petition while Communications Authority (CA) and Crawn Trust are interested parties.