27 February 2013

Kenya: IEBC Opposes Suit Against Odinga, Kenyatta and Others

Kenya's national electoral body has filed an objection to a suit seeking to prevent top presidential contenders and their running mates from being on the ballot in Monday's polls.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants the case filed by a voter at the Supreme Court dismissed, arguing it cannot be determined by the court.

The petition, set to be heard today, has been filed by Mr. Isaac Aluochier challenging the qualification of Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Peter Kenneth and two running mates, Kalonzo Musyoka and William Ruto, to run for the top seats.

Mr. Aluochier contends the top presidential candidates should not have been nominated to vie for the seats as they were constitutionally unqualified, arguing that Raila, Uhuru, Mudavadi and Kenneth were already State officers when nominated by their respective parties and should not have been cleared by IEBC.

Mr.Aluochier stated: "While the Constitution allows a sitting President and his/her deputy to run for the two seats, it does not allow the PM, DPM and ministers," so the four cannot argue they were MPs because on their nominations, Parliament's term had already expired.

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