Court blocks printing of LSK poll papers

February 8, 2016 11:55 am
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High Court Judge Weldon Korir said the application by Frank Ochieng Walikwe should be heard before the elections take place, saying that IEBC should not print the ballot papers until a determination is made by the court/FILE
High Court Judge Weldon Korir said the application by Frank Ochieng Walikwe should be heard before the elections take place, saying that IEBC should not print the ballot papers until a determination is made by the court/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – The High Court has stopped the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission from printing ballot papers for Law Society of Kenya (LSK) elections slated for February 25.

This follows an application by one of the contestants who was allegedly denied an opportunity to vie as national council member.

High Court Judge Weldon Korir said the application by Frank Ochieng Walikwe should be heard before the elections take place, saying that IEBC should not print the ballot papers until a determination is made by the court.

The court directed that the application be served upon LSK and IEBC and the matter be heard inter-partes on Wednesday.

The applicant through lawyer Okongo Omogeni told the court that he was denied the opportunity to participate in the elections on the simple reason that he was not eligible.

Omogeni said that at the hearing of the judicial review application, he will be seeking to quash the decision of LSK to refuse to the enter name of the applicant as one of the contestants.

The court will also be asked to prohibit LSK and IEBC from excluding the name applicant from the ballot papers.

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