JAP DEFENDS ITSELF IN COURT AS POLL NEARS.

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National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Kieni MP Kanini Kega (center) and Kericho Senator Charles Keter at the High Court at Milimani law courts following court proceedings on a petition challenging the alleged existence without registration as a political party.

BY SAM ALFAN.
Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) has come fighting over the alleged existence without registration as a political party.
The Party through lawyers Kenneth Ogeto and senior counsel Ahamednasir Abdullahi, separately told Justice Isaac Lenaola that JAP was duly registered to the contrary of a voter who had challenged its legality.
The court heard that the motive of the petition before the court is divert attention of the voters in Kajiado Central where a by- election is to be held on March 16.
Consequently JAP ‘s candidate Patrick Tutui will be known on Friday 13 when the court is expected to deliver a ruling as to whether the registration process was followed when came to exist has political party.
Mr Ntusero Naimaua Tiyie filed an urgent application seeking to stop the participation of Mr Tutui who has been nominated by JAP to represent it in the coming by election.
He says that JAP is not political party in the eyes of the law, its not known as registered as provided for under Political Parties Act 2011 it can not purport to sponsor any candidate.
The voter’s lawyers Kwame Nkrumah and Huran Ndubi told Justice Lenaola, that the process adopted by JAP and the Registrar of Political Parties to effect the name, office bearers, party symbol and physical address of Jubilee Alliance Party amounts to abuse of law.
The lawyers told the court that the process was not compliance with the Political Parties Act 2011, saying that failing to recognize the existing law JAP can not hold itself as Political Party capable of nominating a candidate.
The voter seeks an order to halt JAP, Registrar of Political Parties and Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission from receiving of Mr Tutui certificate of nomination to vie for by-election for Kajiado Central scheduled to take place on 16 March 2015.
He also wants the court to issue an orde4 barring the registrar of political parties from issuing JAP a provisional certificate of registrar which might facilitate it to act has political political party.

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