High Court declines to stop swearing-in of four IEBC commissioners
The High Court has declined to issue orders stopping the swearing-in of the four newly-appointed IEBC Commissioners.
Justice Weldon Korir, in a brief ruling on Thursday, noted that the country is heading towards elections and any further delay in swearing-in of the commissioners poses danger for Kenyans.
“It’s in public interest that the conservatory orders should not be granted,” the judge noted.
He further observed that with less than a year to the elections the electoral commission should be busy preparing for the polls.
“The petitioner’s conservatory order is for dismissal,” the court directed.
The appointment of the four commissioners; Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit and Justus Abonyo has since been Gazetted following successful vetting by Parliament.
The four commissioners are set to be sworn-in by Chief Justice Martha Koome upon which they will assume office for a period of six years.
A petitioner, Nornael Okello, wanted the oathing stopped arguing that the nomination and appointment of one of the nominees, Ms, Irene Masiit contravened Article 88(2) (a) of the Constitution since she had presented herself for elections in the last General Eelction.
” It is only fair and just that this matter be certified and heard urgently and appropriate orders/directions be issued,” read the petition.