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Okoa Kenya referendum team wins first court battle

20 September 2014, 10:45 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Okoa Kenya referendum team won its first court battle, getting approval to continue with signature collection.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega had gone to court to stop the signature collection exercise, saying it was unconstitutional.

But ruling Friday, High court judge George Odunga said that Kega had not given sufficient evidence to prove that the ongoing exercise was truly out of order.

He said that Kega had not provided enough to force him stop the exercise as constitutionally stipulated.

" The petitioner ought to have shown this court that there was a real danger of violation of the Constitution between now and when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC ) is expected to call for a referendum, Odunga said.

Kega had argued in his submissions, that Cord leaders are required to first formulate a draft Bill that would give them the mandate to solicit and procure at least one million signatures from registered voters to support the initiative to amend the Constitution.

Read also: URP will not punish pro referendum leaders

Odunga though said that thus far, CORD's process did not look out of hand and did not show any form of violation, thus his decision not to stop the process.

The signature collection process has already seen CORD pick up over 3 million signatures, with a target of 5 million on the cards.

CORD is seeking a referendum to address what they term as gross violations of the country by the Jubilee coalition. They want electoral reforms, issues on devolution and security addressed in the referendum.

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