31 January 2013

Kenyan High Court to Hear Appeal of Primary Nominations

Kenya's Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has appointed three judges to hear appeals on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) decisions regarding the results of recent party primaries, Kenya's The Standard reported Thursday (January 31st).

Since Tuesday, at least 13 petitions have been filed with the court to dispute decisions by the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee. While some petitioners requested that the court stop the IEBC from accepting nomination papers for senate and parliamentary candidates, the judges instructed the IEBC not to penalise nominees whose names are submitted late as a result of the hearings.

Several of the petitions come from voters and political opponents accusing nominees of fraud, seeking their disqualification and a re-staging of the nomination exercise.

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