IEBC WILL NOT ALLOW JUDGE ODUNGA PRESIDE OVER ANOTHER MATTER FILED BY CORD CHALLENGING THEIR DECISION.

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission lawyer Wambua Kilonzo (right) Cord lawyers Antony Oluoch, Norman Magaya and senior counsel James Orengo engaging on a conversation after court directed to deliver a ruling on whether the judge Odunga will disqualify himself from the matter(PHOTO BY SAM).

BY SAM ALFAN.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC will not allow Justice George Odunga to hear another matter filed by CORD coalition demanding a fresh voter audit.

Cord is challenging a decision by the commission to award a tender to KPMG for the audit of the voter register.

IEBC through its Lawyer Wambua Kilonzo made the application this afternoon before Justice Odunga saying the judge must recuse himself from hearing the matter.

This follows a verdict by the judge that quashed the commission decision to award a tender to a Dubai Based firm to supply ballot papers.

Lawyer Wambua wants the judge to recuse himself, if not he says the file should be sent to the Chief Justice David Maraga to appoint a bench to hear the matter.

SC James Orengo opposed the application saying they should file formal application instead of an oral application.

Orengo termed the application by IEBC a misuse of court process saying the commission had earlier said it wanted the matter heard expeditiously.

The opposition has asked that the court to stop the electoral body from carrying on with the award of the tender or in any way implementing results of the audit.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on December 16 awarded a tender to KPMG for the audit of the voter register.

Cord says that the intended audit of the register of voters is clouded with opaqueness, secrecy and lack of accountability because no methodology or criteria for the audit has been disclosed to ensure the objectives set out in law are realized.

Cord says they were not consulted or engaged in designing the criteria for the audit.

Judge Odunga will deliver a ruling on the request tomorrow afternoon.

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