Friday, 8 March 2013

Group files petition to stop Kenya vote count

Posted  Friday, March 8  2013 at  12:25

A three judge bench has been appointed to hear and determine a petition filed by the Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog) to stop the tallying of votes in Kenya’s elections.The judges will hear the petition at the High Court in Nairobi, Africog’s executive director Gladwell Otieno told the Nation.Justices Isaac Lenaola, David Majanja and Weldon Korir are scheduled to hear the petition in Nairobi.“We are raising concerns about the validity of the entire (vote tallying) process,” she said in a telephone interview.The failure of the electronic transmission process compromised the tallying and the same should be done afresh through verification of results using the primary forms from the polling stations, she added.The petition has been filed against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and its chairman Isaack Hassan.The judges have said they will first address the issue of jurisdiction and will issue a ruling on the matter at 3.30pm.

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