Peter Solomon Gichira-SOURCES
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,5TH JUNE,2017-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday found itself in a tight corner the High Court directed it to give reasons why it locked out presidential aspirant Solomon Gichira from vying in August 8th General Election.
Justice George Odunga asked the electoral commission to file its response by Tuesday 6th June and appear for the inter-party hearing on Wednesday.
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati-UPESINEWS
Peter Solomon Gichira filed the application seeking to be allowed to submit signatures of people who had nominated him to vie for the presidency.
The aspirant claims that he faces an imminent threat of being denied the right to vie as an independent candidate after IEBC declined to allow him to submit his list of signatures by locking him out of the exercise for the presentation of nomination papers at the KICC.
On May 26, Justice Odunga nullified sections of the Elections Act and requirements by the electoral commission.
Justice Odunga barred IEBC from rejecting nomination signature lists of 2,000 supporters unless submitted in Excel format, terming the requirement unconstitutional.
However, the High Court judge then declined to issue an order directing the Wafula Chebukati-led electoral commission to accept the submitted signatures lists of people who nominated the petitioner Gichira.
This occurs evens as IEBC begun hearing the cases that emanated from the just concluded political party nominations exercise.