18 December 2012

Kenya: Court Declines to Extend Voter Registration

The 30-day voter registration exercise comes to a close today. This, even as the High Court declined to issue orders to extend the voter registration ... ( Resource: Kenya's Voter Registration Set to Close )

The High Court has declined to issue an order to extend the IEBC voter registration process that comes to a close today.

Justice Isaac Lenaola has declined to grant the application by Kituo Cha Sheria to have the exercise extended to allow prisoners to register.

The lobby group had moved to court to have compel the IEBC to extend the voter registration exercise and deploy returning officers to the prisons to oversee the registration of inmates.

In 2010 the lobby group moved to court to have prisoners allowed to participate in the referendum vote which the court granted.

Today however, Justice Lenaola declined to grant the extension stating that the IEBC had only been served with the notice of the case yesterday and therefore did not have enough time to respond. The judge has however directed that the case will be heard on January 12.

The IEBC has been adamant that there will be no extension to the voter listing exercise which ends today. The commission has however said that those who will be on the queues by the 5pm deadline will be allowed to vote.

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