Activist wants requirements for vying for election to public office suspended

Activist Okiya Omtatah. Photo/courtesy

Human Rights Activist Okiya Omtatah has moved to court seeking  conservatory orders suspending  the requirements by political parties that  candidates vying for election to public office at the 8th August general elections be cleared  by KRA, the Higher Education Loans Board, the directorate of Criminal Investigations, the credit Reference Bureau and the EACC.

Omtatah also wants jubilee party,  wiper party and maendeleo chap chap party be prohibited from proceeding to demand that person’s wishing to vie at elections to public office on their party tickets be cleared by the above boards.

Omtatah argues that the political parties have violated article 24 of the constitution by limiting the enjoyment of rights enshrined in the constitution for citizens wishing to vie on the tickets of the parties for the 8th August elections.

He adds that the requirements are unconstitutional, null and void because they are contrary to the constitution threshold for qualifications for election as member of county assembly and for election as member of parliament.