in

Petition Filed Seeking to Compel IEBC to Introduce ‘None of The Above’ Option on Ballot Papers

IEBC petition
Petition Filed Seeking to Compel IEBC to Introduce ‘None of The Above’ Option on Ballot Papers

A Nakuru resident has moved to court seeking the introduction of the “none of the above” option on ballot papers.

The petitioner, Boniface Mwai, filed the case at the Nakuru High Court on Friday, November 12.

The additional option, Mwai argues, would give Kenyans the freedom to express their disapproval of candidates on the ballot.

“That option (none of the above) allows voters who do not have confidence in the listed candidates to exercise their democratic right by indicating that none of the aspirants has won them over,” he said.

Mwai wants the court to order the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to introduce the option, starting with the August 9, 2022, General Election.

Read: Politicians Renew Push to Have Nicknames on Ballot Papers

Mwai’s petition comes weeks after politicians renewed the push to have nicknames on ballot papers as the polls draw closer.

In a Bill re-introduced in the Senate last month, Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina wants the Election Act amended to allow IEBC to include a candidate’s popular name on the ballot.

“The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Elections Act, No.24 of 2011 to allow a candidate to be presented to the electorate on party primary or election ballot papers in the way in which the candidate has chosen to familiarize himself to the electorate,” the bill reads.

Also Read: Petition Filed to Disqualify Wanjigi from Vying for Presidency on ODM Ticket

The Senate republished the Election (Amendment) Bill, 2021, after it was pulled down in 2019 to allow for concurrence between the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka and National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi.

The changes could take effect in the next polls If the law is passed and assented by President Uhuru Kenyatta in good time.

Email your news TIPS to news@kahawatungu.com or WhatsApp +254708677607. You can also find us on Telegram through www.t.me/kahawatungu

Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

Email news@kahawatungu.com

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Original Apple-1 Computer Built in 1976 Fetches Sh44.7 million at an Auction

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Calls for Heightened Vigilance Over Increased Insecurity