Voter register tender challenged
Publish date: 10 April 2017
Issue Number: 721
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
An activist has challenged a tender awarded for the audit of Kenya’s voter register five days after a judge struck out a similar case on grounds that it lacked clarity. The Nation reports that Okiya Omtatah has sued the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for irregularly awarding the tender to KPMG. His lawyer, Apollo Mboya, said the tender is flawed because the commission has not been properly constituted. He argues that the suit could not be filed earlier because there was a similar case filed pending ‘which was not determined by court and was merely dismissed based on a technicality’. ‘The elections are due to take place on 8 August. There are timelines made by IEBC as well as the Elections Act within which the audit must be carried out and the register opened for inspection. This matter is urgent because it touches on the right of millions of Kenyans to participate in free, fair polls,’ Mboya is quoted in the report as saying.
Also last week, Kenya’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions ordered an investigation into a riot during an Orange Democratic Movement party rally, where gunshots were fired leaving a number of people injured and property destroyed. CapitalFM reports that the director of Criminal Investigations, Ndegwa Muhoro, will conduct a thorough probe into the matter and file a report. Police spokesperson Charles Owino said security forces are closely monitoring the situation. ‘We are going to be very strict on public order and politicians will have to follow procedure when they want to have meetings and campaigns,’ he added.