IEBC Appeals Reuben Kigame’s Costly High Court Win

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Reuben Kigame . Photo Courtesy

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has moved to the Court of Appeal seeking to overturn a High Court ruling as the courts directive will cost Kenyans more than Sh 971 Million for Paul Kigame’s name to be included on the presidential ballot paper

The commission’s Chairman differed with High Court Judge Anthony Mrima ruled on Monday, July 18the ruling , as Kigame did not meet the constitutional requirement for all presidential candidates

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“Requirement to be nominated by at least 48,000 supporters is thus a constitutional requirement whose non-compliance renders the nomination papers invalid. In the present case, the decision of the Returning Officer was based on the fact that Mr. Kigame had only presented a list of 1,013 supporters as at 25th May, 2022 which was the set deadline for submission of the list of nominating supporters.

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According to the Wafula Chebukati led commission, the Constitution sets stringent timelines for the conduct of presidential elections. The range of steps and processes required to give effect to the Judgment may severely jeopardize the holding of presidential elections on 9th August, 2022, being only 19 days from today,

The commission also said that the ruling will cause budgetary and logistical challenges   and constrain as the cost of printing new ballot papers and rescheduling freight is not less than 8 million euros 

“The reprinting, repackaging and eventual rebooking and rescheduling of flights to deliver the pallets to the central warehouse which the printer confirms will not be possible in time for the general elections slated for the 9th of August, 2022,” Chebukati said

“The said processes, subject to availability of the budget, require a minimum of thirty (30) days, yet we are at nineteen (19) days to the general election.

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