The High Court has nullified a law that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) used to bar Presidential aspirants Mwangi Wa Iria and Reuben Kigame from contesting for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.
High Court noted that IEBC erred in disqualifying the aspirants on flimsy grounds such as lack of signatures of supporters.
Justice Mrima declared the requirement for candidates to present copies of IDs of supporters as from at least 24 counties was unconstitutional.
He added that the requirements were in contravention of the Data Protection Act.
IEBC had directed all presidential aspirants to present 2,000 signatures from at least 24 counties as a pre-nomination requirement.
The electoral commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that this will enable the poll body to commence the verification exercise before the August 9 elections.
Some of the candidates said the requirement to submit at least 48,000 signatures accompanied by copies of identification documents was punitive and expensive and was meant to lock them out.
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