IEBC's decision to abandon manual register is illegal - Court

IEBC's decision to abandon manual register is illegal - Court

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati and Vice chair Juliana Cherera at Bomas of Kenya on July, 31. PHOTO/IEBC

  • High Court Judge Mugure Thande said that the reasons given by the commission that the printed version maybe manipulated is not enough.
  • The court further directed the commission to take all necessary steps to ensure that the petitioners and citizens’ rights under the constitution are observed and respected.

The High Court has revoked a decision by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to use the manual voter register in the August 9, elections.

In a ruling on Thursday, High Court Judge Mugure Thande said that the reasons given by the commission that the printed version maybe manipulated is not enough, adding that the desicion was drastic since technology can also be manipulated.

"The decision by IEBC via a letter dated June 10,2022 stating that the first respondent shall not use the manual register voter in the general elections of Tuesday 9 2022 is unconstitutional and the said decision is hereby quashed," the court ruled.

The court further directed the commission to take all necessary steps to ensure that the petitioners and citizens’ rights under the constitution are observed and respected.

Additionally, the commission was directed to ensure administrative arrangements are made in order not to deny an eligible citizen the right to vote in the upcoming elections.

The judge said there might be risks of the KIEMs kit failing, hence prejudicing the rights of an eligible voter.

Several lobby groups had filed a petition to challenge IEBC’s decision to use the KIEMS kit only in identifying voters.

The petitioners argued that the technology is susceptible to failure and relying on it may disenfranchise some voters if the kits do not work.  

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