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Relief for new voters as IEBC extends registration exercise in compliance with court order

pd.co.ke 11/3/2021

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IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO/COURTESY

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has agreed to extend voter registration in compliance with the court order issued in Eldoret on Monday.

The electoral body, however, said it will challenge the court order today (Wednesday) in court.

"The prohibition was ordered to subsist until 9th November, 2021 when the case will be heard interpartes.

"The Commission properly advised on the legal and operational ramifications of the Court order, moved to court today (Tuesday)to challenge the order.

"The case will be heard tomorrow (Wednesday)at 8am.

"Meanwhile, the Commission has directed that pending hearing of the case tomorrow, registration process will continue taking place until further advised," IEBC said in a statement.

A court in Eldoret had ordered the IEBC to extend the registration until November 9, when a case challenging their deadline will be heard and determined.

Registration timeline for new voters ended on November 2, 2021 after being conducted for a month.

The commission had sought to register 4.5 million new voters, but only managed to enlist around 1.2 million.

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