Court refuses to stop recruitment of IEBC chair, officials.
Court refuses to stop recruitment of IEBC chair and six commissioners pending the hearing of a case challenging the process.
Senator Omtatah had moved to court to stop the commissioners from being recruited. He was seeking to invalidate the IEBC Amendment Act 1 of 2023 which creates a route for appointment and selection panel for recruitment of nominees for appointment as chair and members of IEBC.
Omtatah also cited that the IEBC amendment bill 2022 was unconstitutionally and unlawfully passed in the Senate on January 19, 2023.
Notably, Omtatah argued that the chairman of the senate standing Committee on Justice legal affairs and human rights was forced by the executive to act.
He unilaterally rushed the Committee members and the Assembly to withdraw the Committee report which he talked about on behalf of the committee to avoid it being debated, resulting to a vote
Omtatah urged the court to issue conservatory orders so as to ensure that he does not act in vain.
Justice Mugure Thande however, certified the matter as urgent, Ordered Omtatah to serve the respondents and the case will be heard on April 13.
Justice Thande further directed Omtatah to file his petition by April 8 and IEBC and state to respond by April 11.