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MCA questions legality of IEBC elections date, says it contravenes constitution

By Nep Journal Correspondent:

IEBC Chair man Ahmed Issack Hassan at a past function.

IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan at a past function.

A Mandera Member of County Assembly has taken issue with the date set for the coming general elections by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Speaking to Nep Journal on phone, the nominated member for the youth Jamaldin Adan Ahmed says according to article 177 (4) of the constitution, elections were supposed to be held in March 2018 and wondered why the IEBC settled for the earlier date of August 2017.

“Giving the current elected and nominated leaders their full five year term will enable them serve their people to their full term as required by law” said Jamaldin.

“Article 177(4) of the new constitution of Kenya allows members of county assemblies to serve their people for five years and if elections will be held in August 2017 according to the IEBC, then county assembly members will serve their people for 4 years and 8 months” he added.

The vocal politician said the constitution supersedes all other laws and wondered why the IEBC date should be adhered to, contrary to the constitutional requirement.

The MCA is now threatening to seek legal redress over the matter.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Ouma

    A case has already been filed at the high court last year and still being heard.
    Petition 576 of 2015 Andrew Muge v IEBC and Another.


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