Katiba Institute has today moved to court seeking orders compelling political parties to submit to IEBC a list of their nominees for the 2017 general elections that meet the two-third gender rule.
The Lobby group argues that orders sought would have a direct impact on the nomination process of the political parties’ candidates for the 2017 general elections. The petitioners want the matter be placed before the chief justice for appointment of a bench of an uneven number of judges being not less than three.
They argue that the petition raises weighty and complex questions of law concerning whether IEBC is prohibited by the constitution from accepting a list from a political party that fails to meet the requirements of the two-third gender rule and accordingly reject all nominees of such political party for clearance to compete in the general elections
In an affidavit by the chairperson of the Katiba Institute Board, Yash Pal Ghai wants IEBC to reject the entire list of nominees presented by the political party that is non-compliant with two third constitutional requirement.
Pal Ghai claims that he is unaware of any plans by IEBC to require that all political parties comply with article generally when conducting their nominations.