LSK polls: Low turnout in some regions as lawyers pick leaders

Thursday, March 10th, 2022 14:37 | By
Law society of Kenya elections underway countrywide. They are electing new leadership after the term of former leaders led by society's president Nelson Havi expired. PHOTO/KIGOTHO MWANGI

Voting for new Law Society of Kenya (LSK) officials is underway after it kicks off at 6:00 am across the country.

However, concerns have been raised after it emerged that junior lawyers who have less than 15 years of experience have been barred from running for any seat. Some regions, like Kisumu, have so far experienced low turnout.

The election is being managed by the LSK board members headed by Senior Counsel Janmohamed Zehrabanu.

Currently, LSK is being headed by Linda Kiome Gitonga who is the caretaker president following the ouster and expiry of Nelson Havi's term. Havi is currently eyeing the Westlands parliamentary seat under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

“We shall ensure that the election is free and fair,” Gitonga said.

Five candidates; Omwanza Ombati, Matthew Nyabena, Bernard Kipng’etich who once served as LSK treasurer, former LSK Vice president Carolyne Kamende and Nairobi branch chairman Eric Theuri are running for president.

Those eyeing the female JSC female representative position include; Christine Kipsang, Julie Soweto and Jackline Ingutiah.

Those eyeing the vice president’s seat are Faith Aoko Odhiambo, Debora Anditi, Boniface Akusala and David Nyamweya.

A total of 9,000 lawyers are expected to cast their votes across the country.

Voting that is being conducted in 28 court buildings across the country, ends at 5:00 pm.

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