The Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati today presided over the launch of the Dispute Resolution Committee Hearings at the Milimani Law Courts.
IEBC has set up 3 Panels to hear the disputes lodged arising from the recently concluded Registration of Candidates for different elective positions. A total of 262 complains have been filed and the panels will deliver rulings within 48 hours of hearing each dispute.
However, IEBC Chairman, who is the Returning Officer for the Presidential election, will not sit in any of the panels.
“Under Article 88 (4) (e) of the Constitution, IEBC is responsible for the settlement of electoral disputes, including disputes relating to or arising from nominations but excluding election petitions and disputes subsequent to the declaration of election results,” said Chebukati.
The Chairman added that Section 74 of the Elections Act provides that electoral disputes shall be determined within ten (10) days of the lodging of the dispute with the Commission.
The IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee will therefore hold its hearings for the next 10 days at Milimani Law Courts.
IEBC appointed membership of the Dispute Resolution Committee vide a special notice of Kenya Gazette No. 6606 carried in Vol. CXXVI- No. 105 published on 6th June for purposes of hearing & determining disputes arising from the process of registering candidates for election.
“Each of the three empaneled Dispute Resolution Committee Panels will contain a Presiding Chairperson, Committee Members and Secretaries to the respective Panels,” said Chebukati.