After election boycott threats, NASA now sues IEBC

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NASA principals in Nakuru during their rally at Afraha stadium on Sunday, May 14, 2017. PHOTO: RITA DAMARY/THE STAR

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has taken the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to court over the recent appointment of returning officers.

The Raila Odinga-led alliance sued the Wafula Chebukati-led team for appointing the returning officers in the counties and constituencies without consulting the parties.

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IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati with NASA luminaries Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi amd Kalonzo Musyoka address the media after their meeting at the Capital Hill on February 8, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

According to the Opposition, the move by the IEBC was against the law, unfair and did not follow due process.

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Nasa filed the suit on Thursday, May 18, even as the Opposition expressed its dissatisfaction in the poll body’s move, saying it was secretive and parties were not allowed to make representations.

The Opposition alliance now wants the suspension of the appointments claiming the process was not democratic, free and fair.

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Nasa and IEBC top officials have been warring on how presidential election results will be announced in the forthcoming elections.

Raila and his team have threatened to boycott the August 8-scheduled polls if the electoral body fails to withdraw an court case on the matter.

IEBC moved to the court appeal to seek interpretation on parts of the electoral laws after a High Court judge ruled that presidential results announced at the constituency level were final.

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The commission argues that the announcement of the presidential results is the work of its Chair.