BY SAM ALFAN.
The High Court has suspended controversial Amended Election Laws of 2017 until a case contesting their constitutional validity is determined in March 2018.
Justice Chacha has issued the orders this evening. The laws came into force on November 2.
The judge issued the temporary after parties in the case finished submitting their case challenging the laws.
Inthe case Katiba Institute’s is challenging the implementation of the laws which were passed without the input of the opposition member’s in Parliament and the Senate.
Justice Mwita has issued the order saying “to avoid confusion on the laws which are in force, I exercise my discretion and suspended the amended election laws until the court pronounces itself on the matter before it”.
On Monday the Supreme Court declined to issue a detailed ruling on the said elections saying that the matter is still pending at the high court
Through lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike, the lobbies want a determination on whether it is proper for Parliament to pass laws engineered to specifically regulate an event that the majority party is unhappy with or is opposed to.
The amendments which were later passed into law were instigated by the decision of the top court on September 1 to nullify the August 8 presidential election results on grounds that it was massively tainted with irregularities.