High Court Dismisses Case Seeking to Have IEBC Announce Presidential Results Within 7 Hours

The High Court in Kisumu has dismissed a case filed by three voters who wanted the IEBC compelled to announce the Presidential results within 7 hours after closure of polling stations.

Judge David Majanja ruled that the court had no mandate to direct how the IEBC, which is an independent body, should operate.

The Court also noted that the petitioners had not proved how the case was an infringement on their rights.

The three - Titus Alila, Jackline Otieno and Francis Ogada - were suing on their own behalf and as registered officials of Sumawe youth group.

Through their lawyer Kenneth Amondi, the trio argued that delays in announcing the provisional presidential results were a recipe for chaos.

 “Delay in the announcement of presidential election results is a harbinger for creating anxiety, confusion and violence in a deeply polarised political environment such as in Kenya,” they said in documents filed at the Kisumu High Court.

This comes as the latest win for the electoral body after two other cases were ruled in its favour last week.

The IEBC won in an appeal where it was seeking an order to have the tender for the Presidential ballot papers started afresh quashed. 

On Friday, the National Super Alliance (NASA) lost in a case where it was seeking to have the poll body barred from using a manual back up in the upcoming polls. NASA is expected to go back to court today to appeal the decision on the manual back up.

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