Coalition for Reforms and Democracy party leader Rails Odinga, lawyer Paul Mwangi(right)ODM lawyer Anthony Oluoch, Norman Magaya(center) with lawyer James Orengo inside a courtroom at Milimani Law Courts before Court declined to stop parliamentary special sitting on Thursday December 22,2016.
BY SAM ALFAN.
CORD has suffered a major setback after high court judge George Odunga declined to stop Parliament from debating on elections laws.
Judge Odunga however said that the petitioners can later move to court and seek orders on the said laws.
Odunga while issuing the ruling said that he does not see what will bar the court from reversing the decision of the National Assembly if the said election Act is illegal and contravenes the constitution.
“I do not find any compelling reason why parliament ought to be stopped from proceeding with the debate, thereafter depending on what it decides this court will be at liberty to scrutinize the process to see whether it did comply with the law,” judge Odunga ruled.
In the case CORD is alleging that the sittings are illegal and not according with the standing orders of the National Assembly.
The ruling was read an hour after the National Assembly approved the amendment which provides for a manual back-up system for the voting, transmission and tallying of election results which was strongly opposed by the Opposition.
Source of the story nairobitimez.com