KENYA: IEBC GAZETTES NAMES OF MPS, MCAS DESPITE LAWYERS’ MOVE TO BLOCK EXERCISE

NAIROBI, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has gazetted names of 290 Members of National Assembly (MPs) and over 2,000 Members of County Assembly (MCAs) elected in the just concluded general election.

The gazettement now paves way for the swearing in of the legislatures scheduled to be held not later than Sept 7 when the 12th Parliament shall convene.

However, the swearing in exercise lies in limbo after Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) moved to court to block the exercise, arguing that the 12th Parliament does not meet the 2/3rd gender threshold. Only 23 women were elected to the National Assembly, while the Senate has only three women out of 47.

Through lawyer Eunice Lumallas, FIDA wants IEBC stopped from presenting a list of elected members of both the National Assembly and Senate for swearing in unless they meet the two-thirds gender threshold.

Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (Crea) and Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust have also sued over the gender imbalance.

Speakers of the bicameral parliament however want the case seeking to stop the swearing-in of elected MPs dismissed.

They claimed through lawyer Sheriffson Mwendwa that the 11th Parliament enacted a legislation to implement the rule through amendments in the Elections Act.

High Court judge Enoch Chacha Mwita is on Thursday expected to make a ruling on whether he will temporarily issue orders stopping the swearing-in.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK