NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal says it will strive to resolve the rows that will emanate from the party primaries within 30 days as opposed to the 90 it takes to resolve other party disputes.
Tribunal Chairman Kyalo Mbobu on Thursday said the time restriction of 30 days is to enable it keep in step with the IEBC timelines.
He said unnecessary delays in handling the disputes could have devastating consequences on the election as it would affect IEBC’s timelines where printing of ballot papers is concerned.
“Disputes arising from Parties have got a specialised jurisdiction because we have to work within the timelines of IEBC,” he stated.
He added that, “if we go with 90 days, you realise that we would be eating into time of other activities… preparations of ballot papers, which should not be the case.”
Mbobu says they have already called for the recruitment of two more members to join their five-member board.
The Tribunal sits at least once a week to hear and determine disputes, but this varies with the caseload at the time.
During the party primaries, the Tribunal anticipates sitting for longer hours.
“There is a proposal to allow for the appointment of ad-hoc Members which will be advantageous during the party primaries,” he said.
He also said they have made a proposal to Parliament for appeals against the decisions of the Tribunal to the High Court to be final.