Chief Justice Martha Koome Unveils Hefty Fees Targeting Politicians

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    CJ-Elect Martha Koome appears before MPs at Parliament on Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Chief Justice Martha Koome has made public a list of hefty fines politicians will be expected to part with as the country heads towards the 2022 General Elections.

    In a Gazette Notice dated Friday, July 9, the CJ shared the Court Fee Assessment Schedule that included petition and security for costs for politicians at the High Court.

    For an election petition at the Magistrate's Court, all petitioners will part with Ksh 15,100 and an additional Ksh 100,000 as security for costs.

    At the High Court, petitioners will be expected to part with a fee of Ksh 30,100 to cater for petitions, affidavits or statements, annexures and a list of witnesses.

    Kenyan electoral ballots
    Ballot boxes that were used during the Msambweni by-elections on December 14, 2020.

    Those seeking to lodge an appeal at the High Court from lower courts will have to pay Ksh 25,000 while to act as security for costs, petitioners will pay Ksh 500,000.

    Former CJ David Maraga had Gazetted that at the Supreme Court, security for costs fees also stood at Ksh 500,000 while to file a petition would set a complainant back Ksh 10,000.

    The announcement comes even as campaigns ahead of the 2022 general elections intensify with several candidates confirming to run for the presidency.

    On the lineup is Deputy President William Ruto, businessman Jimi Wanjigi, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, former United Nations staffer Mukhisa Kituyi among many others.

    According to Carter Center, 388 election petitions related to 2017 polls had been filed in relation to down-ballot races as of August 10, 2018.

    From the figure, 35 cases were challenging the results of elections for governor while 15 challenged the results of elections for senator.

    Twelve of the cases challenged the results of elections for women representatives and 98 challenged the results of elections to the National Assembly.

    Also, there were 139 petitions challenging results in elections for members of county assemblies and 89 petitions pertaining to party top-up lists.

    The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is currently holding interviews to fill vacant positions of commissioners for the elections body.

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