The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has filed a petition opposing the IEBC’s use of the manual register. The UDA party claims in court documents obtained by Citizen.digital that the use of said register will jeopardize its election integrity.
“The integrity of the general elections is likely to be compromised by the possibility of misuse of the manual voter register during elections since a manual register lacks safeguards of enhancing the credibility of elections,” the court papers read.
The UDA says that serious confusion and conflict are likely unless the High Court decision issued on August 4 ordering the IEBC to use the manual register as a primary mode of identification is stayed.
The petitioner argues that the court of Appeal ordered the IEBC to use the printed register of voters only when the KIEMS kits completely fail, citing a ruling delivered on August 4, 2017. According to UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina, however, the decision ordering the IEBC to use the manual register was made in error.
“The learned Judge erred in fact and in law by failing to appreciate that section 44 of the Elections Act imposes the mandatory use of technology during the election exercise,” the court papers add.