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Court declines to extend voter registration

By By Lucianne Limo | Updated Tue, December 18th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Lucianne Limo

The High Court on Tuesday declined to issue orders to extend the voter registration exercise and at the same time ruled that prisoners will not vote in March 2013 general election.

The ruling was made by Justice Isaac Lenaola in a case filed by Kituo Cha Sheria seeking orders to compel the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to extend the voter registration exercise and to also register prisoners as voters.

The suit was filed on Monday and Justice Lenaola directed the organization to serve IEBC and the Attorney General.

On Tuesday, IEBC lawyer said they were served with the suit papers late Monday evening and asked for more time to respond.  

IEBC had said it will not extend the voter registration exercise.

In the case, Kituo Cha Sheria wanted prisoners to be allowed to be registered as voters arguing that they have  a right to vote.

The case will be heard on January 12, 2013.