The High Court in Malindi has on Monday (24/04/17) ordered extension of the nomination deadline for the ongoing party primaries by five days, following an application by a Non-Governmental Organisation.
Angaza Empowerment Network argued that the Constitution set aside May 7 as the deadline and not April 26 as stipulated by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The organisation argued that the electoral body violated the law since this will deprive political parties the ten days within which they should conduct the exercise.
“Since the General Elections are scheduled to be held on August 8, 2017, the statutory deadline for nominations, notwithstanding the respondent’s Gazette notices, is May 7.”
“Under Section 13 (2) of the Elections Act, political parties have a minimum of thirty days to conduct dispute resolutions arising from those nominations,” Angaza through George Miringu argued.
Miringu reiterated that the extension will ensure that all Kenyans exercise their democratic right to choose leaders.
“All the political parties participating in the nomination exercise have experienced serious problems and difficulties in conducting elections which the print media has described as chaotic, shambolic, beset with numerous logistical problems, affected by violence and electoral malpractices,” Miringu stated in the suit papers.
IEBC had on Sunday turned down a request by political parties to extend the deadline for nominations.
Following a meeting with Chairpersons of National Election Boards and Secretaries General of all political parties, IEBC stressed that the parties were required to complete their primaries by April 26.
The request for extension follows a series of challenges that have resulted to cancellation of results and postponement of the nomination exercise in various centres.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati asked political parties to use their membership lists as the Commission has not shared its register with any party.