A Nairobi court has ordered Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) to use a manual register to identify voters in the August polls.
This comes barely a week after IEBC’s Wafula Chebukati wrote to Azimio la Umoja that the commission will only use KIEMs kits to identify voters.
The court through Justice Mugure Thande said that the decision of the commission to abandon the printed register violates the clear provisions of the constitution which provides that where an electronic voter identification device fails then such voter would be identified using a printed register.
“What then will happen to a registered voter whose details cannot be picked by the KIEMs kit for the failure of technology in light of the decision by IEBC not to use printed register?” the court posed.
If the commission remain unchallenged, Justice Mugunde says it will violate the right of Kenyans to vote under article 38b in the constitution.
IEBC Lawyer Edwin Mukele asked the court to give them the typed judgement by noon so that the commission can decide the next cause of action and see how it will affect the preparations for Tuesday polls.
The commission is readying for the big day with choppers set to transport ballot papers to five counties suffering from insecurity.