1611 K20,000 to file election petitions after 2017 polls

Aggrieved candidates after the conduct of the 2017 national elections will have to dig deeper into their pockets to file their elections petitions in the Court of Disputed Returns to challenge the election outcomes of winning candidates. This follows the increase in filing fees for election petitions from the current K5000 to K20,000 approved by the National Executive Council.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed the increase in the fees on NBC’s Morning Tru radio talk-back show this morning.

He said the increase in filing fees for election petitions is among other proposed legislatives changes that are expected to be tabled in Parliament early next year for the first and second readings before the final reading is taken in the March session to pass them.

Mr. Gamato said these legislative changes are currently before the First Legislative Council for drafting before they are sent to Parliament for reading and passage.

He said that once these proposed legislative changes are passed by Parliament, amendments will be made to the Organic Law on National and Local-level Government Elections to effect the changes.

Other proposed legislative changes to election laws include:

  • The hike in nomination fees from the current K1000 to K10,000 in 2017,
  • Increase in nomination fees for Local-level Government ward councilors from the current K200 to K1000
  • Reduction of campaign period from eight (8) weeks to four (4) weeks
  • Separation of National and LLG elections in 2017
  • Provincial Governments to conduct LLG
  • Online registration of voters

"Those decisions are made by the National Executive Council (NEC)."

“After NEC makes the decision, it goes through legal drafting before it goes to Parliament to vote on the amendments to election laws,” Gamato said.

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