Ekuru seeks to be enjoined as an interested party in petition

Written By: Roncliffe Odit

Dr. Ekuru Aukot
Thirdway Alliance Kenya Chair Dr. Ekuru Aukot

Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot has filed an application seeking to be enjoined as an interested party in two petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The apex Court will conduct a pre-trial session on Tuesday next week ahead of the hearing and determination of the petitions challenging the outcome of the October 26th repeat presidential poll.

Respondents named in the petitions have until 5 pm on Sunday to respond while parties wishing to file applications concerning any of the three petitions filed have until midday on Monday.  

According to Article 140 (2) of the Constitution, the Supreme Court has 14 days from the date of filing to hear and determine a petition challenging the outcome of a presidential election. And as the deadline for respondents in the three petitions to submit their responses nears, the highest court in the land has set Tuesday 14th November as the day for a pre-trial conference.

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This forum will address the various applications sought by concerned parties ahead of the full hearing of the petitions.

In the two petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau alongside activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa want the October 26 presidential election rerun invalidated over what they term as failure by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to comply with the Constitution and election statutes in the conduct of the poll. 

Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot is seeking to be enjoined in the petitions as an interested party.

In his application, Aukot claims he will suffer prejudice if he is not allowed to participate.

The third petition before the Supreme Court was filed before the outcome of the repeat poll was announced by activist Okiya Omtatah who argues that there was no election held.

Respondents named in the petitions have until 5pm on Sunday to respond, parties wishing to file applications concerning any of the three petitions have until midday on Monday while those wishing to be admitted in the petitions as friends of the court are required to file and serve applications by 5pm on Monday.

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