By Special Correspondent

IEBC says it has put in place measures that will oversee the voting exercise in areas where curfews have been imposed by the Interior CS.

The polls body has stated that in such areas, presiding officers have the power to extend the hours of voting where polling has been interrupted or for other valid causes.

The commission says that such will be allowed in areas where opening of polling stations is delayed.

The regulations have been cited in response to a case in which opposition alliance NASA wants curfew in Lamu, Garissa and Tana River lifted.

Constitutional mandate

According to the electoral body, it has complied with its constitutional mandate to ensure there are free and fair elections in the Country but specifically in the three Counties where curfew has been enforced.

In the case NASA wants the curfew lifted on grounds that it will infringe the rights of voters on the polling day.

Separately, NASA’s appeal on the manual back up case failed for the second day to kick off today after two judges opted out of the matter.

Appellate judges Agnes Murgor and Gatembu Kairu disqualified themselves from presiding over the matter citing personal reasons.

Soul searching

On his part, judge Kairu said he could not hear the matter since he is related to Senior Counsel Paul Muite while judge Murgor said she was not in a position to after soul-searching.

On Monday, President of the Appellate Court Paul Kihara Kariuki bowed out of the matter on grounds that he had previously sat in another ballot papers appeal lodged by the same parties.

In the appeal, NASA is seeking to set aside a directive by the high court allowing the IEBC to have a credible backup system should the electronic system of identifying and tallying votes fail.