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Wa Iria to dispute verdict on defections

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 04:45 | By
Mwangi wa Iria
Usawa Kwa Wote party leader Mwangi wa Iria at a past function. PHOTO/Philip Kamakya

Usawa Kwa Wote party od Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria intends to appeal against the High Court's decision to throw out a petition on party hopping.

In a notice seen by People Daily, the party intends to go to the Court of Appeal after being dissatisfied with part of the decision of a three-judge bench issued on Wednesday disallowing a petition to quash statutory timelines that bar losers in party primaries from joining a different party.

“Take notice that Usawa kwa Wote party, the sixth petitioner, being dissatisfied with part of the judgment of judges Hedwig Ong’undi, Esther Maina, Daniel Ogembo given at Nairobi on April 20, 2022, intends to appeal to Court of Appeal against the said decision,” reads the notice.

This is after the three-judge bench declared the law was not illegal as there was elaborate public participation that led to the amendment of the Act.

The petitioners wanted the High Court to declare the law relied upon by the electoral commission in publishing the timelines is discriminatory because it allows the same losers to contest as independent candidates.

The other petitioners were activistMutuma Thuranira, Katiba Institute, Kenya Human Rights Commission, Africa Centre for Open Governance and International Commission of Jurists.

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