Law society polls get go ahead, minus contested post

Friday February 12 2016

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) outgoing chairman Eric Mutua. The society will hold elections on February 25 after Justice Weldon Korir gave them a go ahead. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) outgoing chairman Eric Mutua. The society will hold elections on February 25 after Justice Weldon Korir gave them a go ahead. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAUREEN KAKAH
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The Law Society of Kenya was Thursday relieved after the High Court said the printing of ballot papers for its February 25 elections can continue.

Justice Weldon Korir made the ruling after hearing the case by a lawyer who wanted the printing of ballot papers stopped because he claimed he had been locked out of the elections.

But law society chairman Eric Mutua told the court that Mr Frank Ochieng Walukwe’s allegations were baseless.

Judge Korir directed that voting could go on on all posts except that of council member. He said he would rule on that one on February 16.

Mr Mutua told the court that for one to qualify as a council member, the candidate must have been in practice for at least two years after being admitted to the roll of advocates.

Since Mr Walukwe was admitted on January 23, 2014, he was ineligible.

He also said that Mr Walukwe was informed why he was being disqualified.

“He had not met the mandatory two years post admission experience required under the law therefore allegations of discrimination and bias are baseless,” Mr Mutua said.

Mr Walukwe on Monday sued LSK and the electoral commission accusing them of locking him out of the polls even after shortlisting him.