The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has set up 3 panels to hear the disputes arising from the recently concluded Registration of Candidates for different elective positions.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati who presided over the launch of the Commission Dispute Resolution Committee Hearings at the Milimani Law Courts said 262 complaints have been filed so far.
He said IEBC is responsible for settling electoral disputes, including disputes relating to or arising from nominations but excluding election petitions and disputes subsequent to the declaration of election results.
“The Dispute Resolution Committee will hold its hearings for the next 10 days at Milimani Law Courts each panel will deliver rulings within 48 hours of hearing,” he said.
This is in compliance with section 74 of the Elections Act which provides that electoral disputes shall be determined within ten days of the lodging of the dispute with the Commission.
Chebukati, the Returning Officer for the Presidential election, will not sit on any of the panels.
Each of the three empanelled Dispute Resolution Committee Panels will contain a Presiding Chairperson, Committee Members and Secretaries to the respective Panels