The Jubilee Party wants the National Super Alliance to engage the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on contentious issues instead of going to courts, whose rulings they say could derail next month’s General Election.
At a press conference at Jubilee headquarters in Nairobi, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, senators Beatrice Elachi (nominated) and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) demanded that Nasa stops using the Judiciary to block Kenyans from voting.
On Wednesday, the legislators claimed the opposition was using the courts as a cover for their plans to hack the IEBC’s electronic voting system, leading to its failure and therefore have a justifiable reason to have the August 8 elections cancelled.
The many cases filed either by Nasa or its “proxies”, they said, were undermining Kenyans’ rights to exercise their democratic right to vote.
Nasa has moved to court. It is accusing the IEBC of failing to ensure there is complementary technology to act as backup during the elections as required by the law.
The commission is also facing another suit by the Africa Centre for Open Governance seeking orders that it be compelled to take into consideration submissions by concerned persons as required by the law and revise the voter register.
The High Court has, however, dismissed a case in which the electoral commission was sued for allegedly flouting rules in the importation of biometric voter identification devices. The case was filed by United Nations special rapporteur Maina Kiai, Khelef Khalifa and Tirop Kitur.