Court dis­misses pe­ti­tion to cre­ate more Lamu wards

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Lamu res­i­dents will have to wait for more than 10 years be­fore they can get ad­di­tional wards.

On Tues­day, the High Court in Mom­basa dis­missed a pe­ti­tion by two politi­cians, who sought five ad­di­tional wards. They wanted the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion com­pelled to cre­ate the wards.

Rishad Ahmed and Ali Bakari wanted the wards in­creased from 10 to 15. They fur­ther sought or­ders stop­ping the elec­toral agency from reg­is­ter­ing vot­ers in the county, ask­ing the court to or­der the IEBC to first re­view names and bound­aries of wards. But Judge An­yara Emukhule dis­missed the pe­ti­tion, say­ing it is time-barred.

He said the pe­ti­tion­ers should have sought such in­ter­ven­tions be­fore the last gen­eral elec­tion, when the law had not come into ef­fect.

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