After the Court of Appeal suspended the use of manual registers in the August 9 General Election, Deputy President William Ruto and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) achieved a significant victory.
Hours after the UDA party filed a court challenge challenging the use of manual voter registrations by IEBC as directed by the High Court, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal halted the order mandating IEBC to use them in the general election.
In the petition, UDA claimed the integrity of the polls was likely to be compromised if the manual registers were used.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati confirmed last week that the electoral body had complied with the High Court order on the use of manual register
“We shall now deploy the printed register of voters at the polling stations where the names of the voters shall be crossed out after identification of voters using the KIEMs Kit.
“The Commission commits to adhere to the rule of law and will facilitate the realization of political rights of Kenyans as is capitulated in Article 38 of the constitution to deliver a free, fair, and credible election,” Chebukati stated at a press conference on Friday, August 5.
“It has two levels of usage; it will be crossed out at the same time with verification by the biometrics and also as complementary if the KIEMS Kit fails,” Chebukati explained.
The decision brings a protracted battle that found its way to court as a decision by IEBC to exclude the manual register was challenged in court.