JUBILEE REQUEST DENIED BY JUDGE ODUNGA.

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High Court Judge George Odunga who declined to suspended IEBC tender awarded to Dubai based firm Al Ghurai to print election materials.

BY SAM ALFAN

An attempt by Jubilee Party to have a matter referred to Chief Justice David Maraga to appoint a bench instead of hearing by Judge Odunga alone has been thrown out.

The application seeks to compel IEBC to make public the voter register.

Justice George Odunga in his ruling found that no compelling reasons were placed before him to allow for such a request.

“I decline to certify that this matter raises a substantial question of law to warrant reference of the same to the Chief Justice as required under Article 105(a) of the constitution and the application for the same fails and is hereby dismissed,” ruled Odunga.

Further the court ruled that the mere fact that matter is of public interest or substantial national importance does not necessarily qualify it to amount to a substantial question in law in order to warrant reference to the Chief Justice.

In the case Jubilee Party had asked the court to forward the file to Chief Justice David Maraga to constitute a three-judge bench.

Jubilee said no evidence has been tabled in court to prove the alleged inconsistencies.

The party further says IEBC has a web portal and a short message service where registered voters can send their ID details to confirm the correctness of their data.

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