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Opposition sues for lifting of curfew

National Super Alliance (Nasa) has asked a Mombasa High Court to lift a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties by acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

The respondents include Matiang’i, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Nasa, through lawyer Arnold Oginda told Justice Erick Ogola the curfew will affect the August 8 voting exercise as its agents and members of the public will be locked out of polling stations and tallying centres.

Due process He also said the curfew was illegally imposed and did not follow due procedure. “The effect of the imposed curfew is that the voting time has been limited and there shall be a delay in the start of the voting exercise on the voting day,” he said.

He further expressed fears that police might arrest individuals on the basis of the curfew, therefore, preventing them from voting. The case will be heard on August 1.

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