Leaders dismiss African Court advisory on elections

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa (Right) shares a word with Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi during the burial of Mr. Vincent Milimo at Liyavo area in Trans Nzoia County on July 24, 2021. Photo/Courtesy

Leaders in Trans Nzoia County have condemned an advisory by the African Court on Human and People’s Rights that stipulates that African Union member states be at liberty to postpone pending general elections due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Arusha based court said a resolution to postpone the elections could be taken upon member states consulting health agencies, Political actors and civil society. The advisory was sought by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU).

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa said the advisory is not legally binding since all African Union member states that are governed by their respective constitutions, which are supreme and can only be altered through amendments.

“We are not going to be guided by the African Union court on how to run our internal affairs with regard to elections. The law stipulates that Kenya will hold its general elections in August 2022,” Dr. Wamalwa spoke at the burial of Mr. Vincent Milimo at Liyavo village.

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Ford Kenya lawyer and Cherang’any parliamentary hopeful Benson Milimo said there should be no cause for alarm since the court has no jurisdiction of dictating to member states on how they should handle their elections.

“Kenya cannot effect the advisory without having a change of the constitution to amend the election date which is currently slated for next year in August. This is an affront on the democracy of citizens in member states,” said Mr. Milimo.

Ndaragua MP Jeremiah Kioni is working on a petition to have the next year’s general elections delayed until the Independent Boundaries and Election Commission (IEBC) conduct the review of constituency boundaries

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi has in the meantime exuded confidence that the Okoa Kenya Alliance (OKA) that brings on board Ford Kenya, KANU, ANC and wiper democratic parties will form the next government of Kenya.