CIVIL SOCIETY DEMANDS ENFORCEMENT OF TWO THIRD GENDER MAJORITY RULE BY PARTIES.

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Chief Justice David Maraga who Katiba institute wants to appoint a bench of an uneven number of judges being not less than three to hear the matter.

BY SAM ALFAN.

The push for a two third gender majority has gained traction with a civil society now demanding that political parties provide a list of how they will enforce the constitutional requirement.

Katiba Institute wants the court to issue orders compelling political parties to submit to the IEBC a list of nominees that meet the two-third gender rule.

They say that the orders sought will have a direct impact on the nomination process of the political parties’ candidates for the 2017 general elections.

Katiba institute also wants the Chief Justice to appoint a bench of an uneven number of judges being not less than three to hear the matter.

They argue that the petition raises weighty and complex questions of law concerning whether IEBC is prohibited by the constitution from accepting a list from a political party that  fails to meet the requirements of the two-third gender rule  and accordingly reject all nominees of such political party for clearance to compete in the general elections

In an affidavit chairperson of the Katiba Institute Board, Yash Ghai want IEBC to reject the entire list of nominees presented by the political party that is non-compliant with two third constitutional requirement.

Yash Ghai claims that he is unaware of any plans by IEBC to require that all political parties comply with article generally when conducting their nominations.

IEBC has already set out the timelines for the nomination process with March 2017 being the date when political parties must submit names of candidate’s for party primaries.

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