COURT AGREES WITH IEBC ON BIOMETRIC KITS ACQUISITION.

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High Court Judge John Mativo /PHOTO BY S. A. N.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Court has upheld a submission by the IEBC that there was “some form of public participation” in acquiring biometric kits.

High Court Judge John Mativo dismissed the case filed by Human rights activist Maina Kiai and two other people seeking public scrutiny on the acquisition of biometric kits to be used for the August 8 polls.

Judge Mativo ruled that IEBC demonstrated that there was some form of public participation, sufficient to satisfy the requirement for public participation.

“I find and hold that the petitioners have failed to demonstrate that they are entitled to the relief sought in the petition,” ruled Mativo.

The petitioners argued that the BVR devices had not been subjected to pre-export verification standards.

They further claimed that as result of the misapplication of the law there would be a likelihood of the participation of ghost voters through the use of the non-conforming devices.

They wanted the IEBC compelled to acquire alternative ones. If the procedure for importing and delivering the BVR kits is found unconstitutional, they want

Maina Kiai , Tirop Kitur and Khelef Khalif had argued that Said Safran Identity and Security Company supplied the Electoral and Boundaries Commission with similar kits for the March 4, 2013 General Election, and they failed to work.

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