Political parties’ dispute tribunal formed
The Judiciary has put in place measures to handle election disputes ahead of the August 2017 general elections.
Among the measures include training of judicial officers to enhance capacity in handling of electoral disputes and the addition of two members to the elections disputes bench at the high court in Nairobi.
Speaking today during the swearing in of the two new members, the Chief Justice, Mr. David Maraga who is also the Supreme Court President said that the Judiciary has gazetted 92 special magistrates to deal with electoral offences.
Maraga said with parties’ primaries commencing this week, the Judiciary considers it necessary to inform Kenyans of the mechanisms and procedures for pre-election dispute resolution, and the role the political parties’ disputes tribunal will play.
He said given that the member of the tribunal is seven, the tribunal will sit as two separate benches of three members each.
The CJ said that the Tribunal will be based in Nairobi Milimani Law Courts, where it will hear and determine disputes from all over the country.
Maraga said the Judiciary proposed to the parliament an amendment to the political parties’ act 2011 that empowers the Judicial Service Commission to appoint at least fifteen ad hoc members of the political parties’ disputes tribunal to sit in various parts of the country.
He said the move was aimed at enhancing capacity, access and efficiency in the resolution of electoral disputes across the country. However the proposed amendments have not yet been passed.
By Edwin Mwangi and Lucy Njeri