High Court throws out NASA petition on use of manual back up

High Court throws out NASA petition on use of manual back up

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga (centre) addressing the press photo PHOTO FILE

Nairobi,KENYA: The High Court on Friday threw out a petition by NASA challenging the use of manual back up in the General Elections slated for August.

This comes hour after the court of appeal dealt NASA a blow on presidential tender ballot case on Thursday.

NASA wanted the August 8 elections put off in affected counties, constituencies or wards if the electronic system fails.

Presiding Judge George Kimondo ruled that IEBC has a mechanism to salvage the situation in case of any mishap.

They also said that electronic system cannot be exclusive as it may fail and throw the country into crisis.

NASA’s advocates James Orengo said they will appeal the ruling.

On Thursday, NASA received a severe blow in its attempt to stop Dubai company Al Ghurair from printing presidential ballot papers citing conflict of interest.

Court of Appeal judges; Erastus Githinji, Roselyn Nambuye, Visram Alnasir, Jamilla Muhammed and Otieno Odek read the ruling.

They ruled that NASA failed to prove Kenyatta influenced the award of the tender by the IEBC.

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The court of appeal also dismissed newspaper cuttings presented by NASA as evidence of a meeting between Kenyatta and Al Ghurair officials terming it as insufficient evidence.

According to the judges, there was not a credible source to prove that the meeting discussed tender issues.

 

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