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Martha Karua calls Supreme Court recommendations on IEBC “hot air”

Karua calls Supreme Court recommendations on IEBC “hot air” after the Apex court released the detailed judgment on the presidential petition.

Martha Karua and Raila’s running mate in the August presidential election has dismissed the Supreme Court’s recommendations on the IEBC as hot air.

This comes after the Supreme Court on Monday, 26, released a detailed judgment of Raila’s presidential petition.

In a 131-page detailed judgment by the Supreme Court, the judges recommended electoral reforms, including law review to clearly set out the roles of the chairman and commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and restricting access to poll servers to curb vote-manipulation.

However, Karua captioned the phrase on a story carried by a local media outlet on the court’s recommendations to fix problems associated with elections in the IEBC. 

Among the recommendations is that there be a clearly defined separation of powers between the IEBC chairman, chief executive officer, and other commissioners.

The court further recommended that, in order to allay concerns from stakeholders, access to IEBC servers be restricted to Commission personnel only during the election season.

The supreme court also recommended that a column be added to Forms 34A to account for stray ballots when tallying election results at the constituency level.

Karua termed the recommendations as hot air, a phrase that gained prominence when the seven-judge bench used it to describe the evidence presented in court by Raila and the other petitioners as hot air.

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