President Kenyatta, IEBC file submissions defending repeat poll

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The Commission Chairman (Right) shortly before filling responses

President Uhuru Kenyatta has filed his response to the two petitions presented at the Supreme Court challenging his re-election on the repeat presidential election of 26th October.

With a 5pm deadline to beat for the respondents in the two petitions to file their submissions, President Kenyatta’s legal team was at the Supreme Court shortly after 3pm with dozens of files to submit.

In his submission, President Kenyatta called on the Supreme Court to dismiss the petitions and declare that his re-election was valid.

President Kenyatta denied that there were irregularities and illegalities which could invalidate the October 26th presidential elections.

Kenyatta who is the 3rd respondent in the petitions, also avers that the election was conducted by validly appointed returning officers and presiding officers.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC also filed its submissions setting the stage for the hearing and determination of the petition.

President Kenyatta’s re-election is being challenged in the two petitions by former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau alongside activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa.

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They want the repeat presidential poll invalidated over what they term as failure by  IEBC to comply with the Constitution and election statutes in the conduct of the poll.

The electoral body is seeking to prove to the court that it conducted the repeat presidential poll in strict adherence to the constitution.

And with the respondents named in the petitions having filed their responses, any party wishing to be admitted in the petitions as friends of the court have until Monday 5pm to have filed their submissions.

The apex Court will conduct a pre-trial session on Tuesday ahead of the hearing and determination of the petitions by 20th November.

Meanwhile, police say they will not allow any demonstrations or public gatherings around the Nairobi Central Business District during the hearing of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

Nairobi Police Commandant Japheth Koome says security officers will not hesitate to apprehend anyone found causing chaos.

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