Lawyer Charles Kanjama goes to Court challenging the decision made by IEBC over verification of BBI signatures

Lawyer Charles Kanjama has filed a case at the Milimani Law Courts challenging the verification exercise of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signatures by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).  

Kanjama has claimed that the signature verification process given by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which requires voters to confirm their details by accessing their files through links was unreasonable.

He also noted that the voter education exercise explaining to the voter how to carry out the process of confirming their details was not done, adding that the whole process was inaccessible to the voters.

“A voter has to write a letter if they wish to communicate an objection,” read court papers.

Lawyer Kanjama is now seeking the court to give orders to overturn the decision that was made by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over the verification of the signature.

However, the High Court Judge Jairus Ngaah did not issue any orders pleaded by Kanjama but directed that the case be served upon Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Attorney General as the respondents.

This means that the parties will be required to highlight their submissions through video link on March 8, 2021.

This comes after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill had been overwhelmingly passed by 41 County Assemblies, crossing the 24 Counties mark required by the constitution and is now headed to the National Assembly and the Senate.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi




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