Court declines to grant IEBC bid to end voter registration

Court declines to grant IEBC bid to end voter registration

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,3RD NOV,2021-The High Court in Eldoret has declined to lift an order prohibiting the IEBC from ending the enhanced voter registration exercise.

The IEBC through lawyer Kangu Mwangi had filed an application seeking to have the orders lifted but Justice Eric Ogolla directed that the matter be heard on Thursday.

Justice Ogola cautioned the electoral agency against disobeying the orders.

 

Ogolla had issued the prohibition orders following an application by a voter Patrick Cherono. Ogolla sued the IEBC and the National Assembly and wants the voter listing to go on for three months.

Cherono argues that the IEBC had not met it’s target and that Covid-19 had affected the lives of many people who need time to go out and register.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Wednesday declared it would continue with the listing until its appeal is determined.

Voter registration was scheduled to end on November 2.

The commission chaired by Wafula Chebukati said the drive would continue in adherence to the ruling by Justice Eric Ogolla.

“The commission has directed that pending hearing of the case, registration process will continue taking place until further advised,” the statement reads.

The IEBC had targeted 1.5 million voters per week in the month-long national drive. But acting CEO Hussein Marjan recently told the Star the commission had netted 1.14 million new voters.

The commission has over time decried cash shortages that hamper its plan for the mass voter listing, dismissing the possibility of a second round of the registration.

Chebukati during a recent meeting with the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly warned that insufficient funding could scuttle critical preparatory activities ahead of the general election.

The agency said it was facing financial constraints in undertaking key operations to facilitate tamper-proof polls.

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