In Summary
  • The electoral body had not responded to the application filed nor given their written submissions.
  • The trio filed the suit arguing that delays in announcing the provisional results could cause chaos.

A High Court in Kisumu has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to respond to an application filed by three voters seeking to have the body declare presidential election results within seven hours to avert violence.

Justice David Majanja ordered the IEBC to file the required documents within seven days.

“We know Kenyans are entitled to free and credible elections. The matter will be heard on July 18,” he said.

The electoral body had not responded to the application nor given its written submissions.

ARGUE

Henry Kenei, representing the IEBC, said he will prepare the documents within the stipulated time to allow him to argue his case.

Titus Alila, Jackline Otieno and Francis Ogada had sued to compel the electoral agency to declare provisional presidential results within seven hours after closure of polling stations to avoid anxiety.

The petitioners argue the seven days allowed by the Constitution for the declaration of presidential results is too long.

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