LSK public hearings to scrutinise March poll

July 23, 2013 2:50 pm
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The society has already set up a committee to probe the electoral process with Ken Nyaundi as its chairman/FILE
The society has already set up a committee to probe the electoral process with Ken Nyaundi as its chairman/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is conducting a review of the March 4 General Election by holding public hearings as it attempts to draw lessons that can be used in any upcoming by-elections and future General Elections.

The society has already set up a committee to probe the electoral process with Ken Nyaundi as its chairman.

Nyaundi told journalists on Tuesday that the committee would review the Supreme Court ruling that declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the country’s fourth Head of State in addition to determining whether or not adequate civic education had been conducted prior to the March 4 poll.

“The Supreme Court has already made a pronouncement on the issue but we would like to hear members of the public who have a contrary view,” he said.

“And indeed as the LSK has said before, that Supreme Court judgment is going to be the subject of legal academic discussions.”

In response to the timeliness of undertaking the probe, committee member Ben Sihanya explained that the LSK took the time to set up the team.

“The preparations have been going on and Kenyans want free, fair, credible and verifiable elections so whether you’re talking about 2017 or by elections which may arise, you want to be very sure that the electoral process works,” he argued.

The question surrounding LSK’s mandate on the issue also arose but the committee said that it would be conducting the probe as an observer of the 2013 poll.

Nyaundi also revealed that the committee would investigate whether or not political parties and their members complied with the Constitution as well as laws regarding campaigns and nominations.

Moreover, the supply and distribution of the Biometric Voter Identification kits together with the software procured and supplied by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would also be probed.

The IEBC is also carrying out a probe on the manner in which it carried out the election and the challenges it faced in the process as it seeks to draw lessons that will guide future polls.

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