BY SAM ALFAN.
High Court has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to include the name of former Kasarani MP William Omondi on the ballot for next week’s Mathare by-election.
Justice Isaac Lenaola ruled that the IEBC had no grounds to lock out the former legislator from contesting the by-election scheduled for August 7.
The judge set aside IEBC’s decision to bar Omondi from vying on grounds that he is a life member of ODM.
ODM had complained that Omondi was a staunch member and when he made the application to vie as an independent candidate he had not resigned from the party.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has faulted High Court ruling to include the name of former Kasarani MP William Omondi in the ballot for next week’s Mathare by-election.
IEBC said Justice Isaac Lenaola’s order is a testimony that the judiciary is unrealistic in some of its decisions.
IEBC Commissioner Thomas Letangule said the electoral body has clear timelines which must be observed adding that the orders will plunge the by-election into a serious crisis.
“The High Court is not realistic since as a commission, we have timelines which are set out by the law. One is left to wonder, does the high court know what is happening on the ground. This is an election and you cannot just issue orders that cause major setbacks on the timelines,” said Letang’ule .
The IEBC chief has said that the commission will hold a crisis meeting Thursday morning to agree in the way forward which may include either complying or appealing.
The former lawmaker is vying in the poll as an independent candidate.
The Mathare by-election scheduled for August 7