The Star (Nairobi)

11 February 2013

Kenya: Mati Moves to Court Over Debates

Safina deputy director Jayne Mati has now moved to court to file a petition against the Presidential debate scheduled to take place at 7pm today at the Brookhouse International School.

The petition aims to stop the event as Safina Presidential candidate Paul Muite and Alliance For Real Change Party leader Mohammed Abuda Diba will not participating in the debate.

Safina presidential flag bearer Paul Muite was also expected in court today to have the debate stopped. The move comes just as The Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) have released a statement protesting their exclusion and that of other stakeholders from the organization of the debate.

"...it has been our expectation that the perspectives of a wide range of actors, including civil society, regarding the organization of the debates would be important. However, there is no evidence, at this stage that an attempt has been made to involve representation from stakeholders in the design of the debates....On the contrary, the view that has emerged is that the media has monopolized the organization of the debates to the exclusion of other actors." the ICJ has said.

IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan also said in a statement released this morning that all the presidential candidates should participate in the debate as they had met all the legal requirements to contest in the March 4 General Elections

Mati told the press at the weekend that she had asked the IEBC to intervene in the matter. Organisers of the event have said the two presidential candidates were left out because they had declared their intention to run by the time the preparations of the debate started.

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