Lawyers rap politicians over poll outcry

March 8, 2013 9:59 am
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The advocates say it is a good sign that preliminary statements from various observers indicate the election was conducted credibly and in an environment free of intimidation/FILE
The advocates say it is a good sign that preliminary statements from various observers indicate the election was conducted credibly and in an environment free of intimidation/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – The Nairobi Lawyers Association has told politicians to take their grievances to court should they have a problem with the vote tallying exercise or ultimately, the presidential results.

In a statement read by the association’s Secretary General, Charles Odera, the organisation says airing their grievances at press conferences risks breaking the calm surrounding the election.

“Politicians must carefully assess the implications of their reckless statements which could compromise the country’s peace and security. We demand that any aggrieved party and or politicians take their grievances to the Supreme Court or the High Court,” Odera said.

The lawyers have expressed confidence in the autonomy of the electoral commission and the Judiciary, adding that the institutions are capable of handling electoral disputes.

“We demand that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) be given the chance to complete its tallying process peacefully. The delay in voter tallying should be attributed to the lengthy process of casting votes and not by the undoing of IEBC.”

Odera commended Kenyans for their patience asking them to allow the electoral commission the full seven days allocated to it in the constitution to tally the presidential results.

“IEBC has been allocated a full seven days within which to conduct elections as the law envisioned a scenario like the one the country is facing.”

The advocates say it is a good sign that preliminary statements from various observers indicate the election was conducted credibly and in an environment free of intimidation.

“The National Tallying Centre is replete with international observers, local observers, regional observers, party agents, local and international media who have not cast any doubt on the process so far.”

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has also gone on record declaring the Judiciary to be capable of resolving any dispute arising from the electoral process.

Speaking to Capital FM News on March 1, LSK council member and Kituo cha Sheria Acting Executive Director Gertrude Angote said: “We believe the Kenyan Judiciary is ready, we have seen the progress. At least the backlog of the cases that we have seen in the past has been issued a blow and we have an increased number of judges.”

“We now have a court that is friendly to the Kenyan public and therefore any Kenyan person would want to approach the court in case of any violation.”

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