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IEBC, Supreme Court faulted on how they handled election petition

22 April 2015, 08:22

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Supreme Court have been faulted on how they handled the 2013 presidential election petition.

Senator James Orengo and Nark Kenya leader Martha Karua said IEBC should be reconstituted before the 2017 general elections.

Orengo stated that the courts are not solving election related cases basing on the facts presented, but look for an easy way out.

The Siaya Senator said since the introduction of multiparty system in Kenya, the courts have been looking for an easy way in expense of the truth.

He said when political parties go to an election it’s not a must for the specific party to win but what is needed is an election which is simple, verifiable and accountable.

"If a country cannot hold what can be termed as free and fair elections, then its inviting trouble," he said.

Former presidential aspirant Martha Karua said the main reason as to why CORD went to court was to know whether President Uhuru Kenyatta had garnered the 50 plus one votes as required by the constitution.

She said in future, because of the less time given to conclude the case, the court should dwell on important issues only and assume petty ones.

The former legislator also said it will be difficult to have a democratic outcome of an election if IEBC will not be reconstituted.

She again urged the government to concentrate on building the country rather that lecturing the opposition which is simply performing its role.

"The government cannot teach the opposition on how to conduct its affairs. Opposition is there to irritate the government to work hard," she said.

Also read: Uhuru asks Raila to stop inciting Kenyans over petition

Willis Otieno a political, governance and elections expert said the national tallying centres should be abolished as all activities are done in the constituency and at that level, it is faster to track the results if a complaint is launched.

He added that the media should be allowed to add and announce the results when they have been projected at the constituency level.

However, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria dismissed their claims saying the electoral process has been evolving and they should stop the blame game and work with the government of the day to ensure they build the nation.

The leaders were speaking in Nairobi Tuesday when Kenyans for Peace with Trust and Justice (KPTJ) and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) convened a policy dialogue to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court judgment following the 2013 presidential election petition.

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