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Kenya's new constitution challenged in court

media Votes being counted after the referendum AFP

In Kenya, two voters have filed a case in court seeking to stop next week’s official announcement of the country’s new constitution.

The voters, Mary Ariviza and Okotch Mondoh, want the court to declare null and void results of the referendum that endorsed the new constitution.

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They claim that it was full of flaws and irregularities, and that some polling stations began voting without the presence of agents of those supporting and rejecting the constitution.

They also claim that referendum results were not published in accordance with a section of Kenya’s laws.

Their case comes up for hearing this coming Monday.

Once the new constitution is officially made public, it will redistribute political power away from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, to 47 newly established counties throughout the country. Its defenders say that it will also try to end political patronage, corruption and tribalism.

Some changes in Kenya’s new constitution
  • Greater checks and balances on the executive;*
  • Dual citizenship - women can pass on Kenyan nationality to their children;
  • Abortion if the mother's health is in danger;
  • A commission to manage public land;
  • Recognition of Kadhi Muslim courts.


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