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Court suspends implementation of new election laws

Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi

The High Court has suspended implementation of the Elections Laws Amendment Act 2017. Justice Chacha Mwita (pictured)issued the ordered pending the judgment which will be delivered on March 16.

The suit was filed by two lobby groups who sought to suspend the implementation of the amendments made to the laws. The Katiba Institute and the Centre for Open Governance, Africog claimed that the amendments made to the Act will significantly confuse the relevant laws on elections including regulation of some aspects that relate to the ongoing petitions challenging the August 8 election.

Through lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike, the two groups claimed that the changes made to the election laws are confusing in regard to the laid down principles of the Supreme Court on critical constitutional aspects that are relevant in the adjudication of numerous election petitions before the High Court and magistrates’ courts. The parties argued their case yesterday and the judgment will be delivered on March 16.

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