BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,23RD JUNE,2017– five judge bench of the court of appeal on Friday 23rd June dismissed a case filed by the Independent Electoral Commission IEBC on the tallying and announcing of presidential results.
The appeal had been filed by the National Super Alliance NASA which is of the view that presidential results declared by the returning officer at the constituency polling station are final and not subject to further verification from a central verification center in Nairobi.
Court of Appeal Judges Kathurima M’Inoti, William Ouko, Asike Makhandia, Patrick Kiage and Agnes Murgor who gave the ruling says it was improper to view the results as provisional bearing in mind that the same is backed by law.
IEBC was challenging the high court ruling which earlier had upheld the same ruling.
The petitioner Maina Kiai has praised the ruling of the court of appeal ruling saying that the move will lower chances of stealing the votes to nil.
The IEBC has however said it will file an appeal to the supreme court.
In the three hour rulling the judges have also come clear that IEBC must always ensure that it hires officials of high integrity in management of its business including the forthcoming elections.The ruling coming only 45days to the August 8 elections.