Midnight deadline for election petitioners to serve respondents

Two petitioners who filed presidential petitions at the Supreme Court challenging the re-election of president Uhuru Kenyatta have until close of business Wednesday to serve their respondents.

The respondents will be required to file their respective responses within the next four days before the Court can start hearing the case.

On Monday, two separate petitions were filed at the Supreme Court challenging the October repeat presidential poll. Former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau as well as civil lawyers Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa cited constitutional provisions they argue were violated in the fresh poll, sentiments they had expressed in their unsuccessful bids to halt the election through suits filed at the High Court.

In Mwau’s petition, IEBC, its Chairperson and President Uhuru Kenyatta are listed as respondents while the 2 civil rights activists have listed IEBC, chair Wafula Chebukati, President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance NASA as their respondents.

Sources indicate that the petitioners have already served respondents in the case, opening the chapter for a legal battle at the highest court on the land.

The court is expected to hold a pre-trial sitting on Tuesday next week.

Elsewhere, the Carter Center has urged political leaders in the country to put aside their differences and take steps to unify the country after polls.

In a statement, the center called on the political leaders to engage in constructive dialogue to bridge the gap between the opposition and the ruling coalition, and their respective supporters.

The center said the repeat presidential poll was held in a context of heightened political tension following NASA’s withdrawal from the exercise and that the leaders should now unify the country.

The Carter Center said it will release a comprehensive statement on the overall election process at a later date.


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