November 14, 2018

Supreme Court to explain why President Uhuru’s re-election was upheld

The Supreme Court is set to give reasons why President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the October repeat election was upheld.

According to the court, the full judgement will be delivered on Monday, December 11, 2017.

The judges found that the two separate petitions, that of Harun Mwau and that of Khelef Khalifa and Njonjo Mwau, failed to show that the repeat presidential poll was flawed to warrant a nullification.

“The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited and the final orders are that the petition by John Harun Mwau versus the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and two others as consolidated is hereby dismissed.

“The petition by Njonjo Mue and another versus the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and three others as consolidated is also hereby dismissed. As a consequence, the presidential election of October 26 is hereby upheld as is the election of Uhuru Kenyatta,” Chief Justice David Maraga said giving a ruling.

The bench which comprises seven judges is expected to issue a detailed explanation addressing issues that came up during the hearing.

They will also explain whether the IEBC was within the law to declare Uhuru the President-elect with four counties of Nyanza having failed to vote.

On November 20, the highest court in the land unanimously upheld the re-election of the President.

All the eyes were on the Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga, who upheld Uhuru re-election to paving way for his swearing in for the second term in office.

On September 1, the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential election on the grounds that it had not been conducted according to the constitution and the applicable law.

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