, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – About 7,000 lawyers across the country went to the polls on Thursday to elect new Law Society of Kenya (LSK) officials in 25 Court premises serving as polling centres across the country.
The polls which were being overseen by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commenced at 8.30am and were due to end at 5pm before the tallying of votes.
- The race for Presidency also attracted Aggrey Mwamu and Isaac Okero from Kisumu and lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi described the polls as momentous since it included 69 other posts.
- The candidates are contesting for 26 positions which include LSK Female Representative to JSC, LSK President, LSK Vice-President and LSK Council Members
A candidate for the Society’s Presidency Allan Gichuhi exuded confidence in the process which he described as transparent.
“I am here to cast my ballot at this particular time and I am sure that by the end of the day, the Society will choose new leader who will steer it to greater heights and restore the dignity that we so desperately need,” he said.
“We have had a successful run to the elections and I must say that I am really honoured and proud by the support we have received countrywide and I am pretty confident of success but at the end of the day it really depends on the voters and whatever the outcome, I will respect it,” he stated.
The race for Presidency also attracted Aggrey Mwamu and Isaac Okero from Kisumu and lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi described the polls as momentous since it included 69 other posts.
“This is the time we are electing the chairman, we are electing the representative to the JSC and the Disciplinary Institution, these are very critical institutions in the Law Society, and we hope many of our colleagues will come and vote. Lawyers go to court in the morning but as the day progresses, we hope that many will come out for the polls,” Ahmednasir stated.
Okero stated that he will agree with the outcome of the results if it is free and fair.
In the meantime, the Kisumu branch polls started one hour late with 148 advocates expected to cast their votes.