The Star (Nairobi)

22 January 2013

Kenya: Raila, Uhuru Told to Apologise Over Sham Primaries

THE Law Society of Kenya yesterday challenged Cord presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Jubilee'sUhuru Kenyatta to apologise to Kenyans over the shambolic party nominations.

"They must address this issue, apologise for the undemocratic manner in which the nomination exercise was carried out and assure Kenyans of their commitment to democracy and the rule of law," said LSK chairman Eric Mutua.

"The Law Society of Kenya strongly condemns the manner in which the main political party alliances Cord and Jubilee Alliance have conducted their nomination elections."

He said both Cord and Jubilee Alliance are campaigning on the platform of reforms and implementation of the constitution.

He expressed concern that the failure by the political parties to respect democratic principles in their elections may be a reflection on how they want to govern the country if elected.

In a statement Mutua said persons who have been affected by the shambolic elections must petition the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

"If a suitable solution is not found then they must resort to courts of law. The Law Society of Kenya is ready to assist in taking such cases to court," he added.

He said it is regrettable that the kind of undemocratic nomination elections by political parties is a great set back to gains of the Constitution.

Mutua petitioned the IEBC to set a precedent by exercising its powers to disqualify those who breach the Elections Act.

He said the IEBC must take charge of the election process. "It (IEBC) must be firm on the campaign do's and don'ts," Mutua said.

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