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Relief For Azimio, Kenya Kwanza as Court Stops IEBC Directive

The High Court of Kenya on Wednesday, May 11, handed political parties a relief after it stopped the implementation of a directive given by IEBC over the compliance of the two-thirds gender rule.

In the ruling delivered by Justice Anthony Ndung’u, the court noted that there was enough ground to temporarily suspend the gender parity rule introduced by the commission – until the matter is properly heard and determined. Nairobi lawyer Adrian Kamotho had moved to court to challenge the directive arguing that it was biased and disadvantaged coalition parties.

“I am persuaded that Kamotho has made out an arguable case and a stay would be efficacious in the circumstances,”  Justice Ndung’u ruled.Kamotho, in his petition, claimed that IEBC was punishing political parties by mandating them to abide by the gender parity rule while not enforcing the same on independent candidates.

 

“The notice issued by the IEBC is discriminatory and prejudicial since it unfairly targets political parties while leaving out the independent candidates who stand an equal chance of winning the elective positions,”

Among the parties whose nomination lists were rejected by IEBC include Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress.

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