All set to handle election petitions and offences
The Judiciary, Police and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Elgeyo Marakwet are all set to handle any election petition and offences as political activities heighten as August General Elections draw nearer.
Iten Senior Principal Magistrate Hezron Nyaberi, said the two magistrates in the county had been trained and gazetted to handle the same.
Nyaberi who is also the Chair, local Court Users Committee (CUC), told the committee that they expect challenges from lawyers who may want to file numerous adjournments and taking too many briefs such that they fail to attend court.
“We may also experience the challenge of conspiracy between parties not to attend court or one attends and another doesn’t yet the petitions must be heard and completed within six months,” Nyaberi said.
However, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), North Rift Chair Zephaniah Yego, assured the committee that lawyers had been sensitized on laws relating to elections and appreciated that time is of essence.
Keiyo North Sub-County Investigations Officer David Sichangi, said police had identified hotspots within the county and will deploy security personnel in due course.
“We will not only deal with election offences but also other offences committed during the electioneering period,” Sichangi said.
He added that they had already acquired gadgets from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) which will be used to record hate speech to be used as evidence in court.
Yego called on the judiciary to post more magistrates, especially during the hearing of petitions as they will take more of the court’s time thus affecting other cases.
“Due to the strict timelines, the petitions may affect the administration of justice with other matters being stayed as the magistrates concentrate on them,” Yego said.