The High Court yesterday ordered all political parties to enforce the two-thirds rule in six months. Justice Chacha Mwita said political parties must formulate rules and regulations governing nomination for candidates aspiring for MP and senator seats.
He made the ruling in a case filed by the Katiba Institute against the IEBC. Mwita said in case the political parties fail to comply with the requirement in the given time, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission should then put in place mechanisms to enforce the requirement. The judge said the electoral agency must, in future polls, reject any list of nomination presented by political parties that will not adhere to the policy.
“The women of Kenya are not lesser beings. Their rights must be respected. The two-thirds gender rule is about human dignity and securing equal rights for women,” the judge said.
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