Presidential petition pre-trial conference to convene Tuesday

Written By: Beth Nyaga
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The Supreme Court will on Tuesday, 14th November, convene the pre-trial conference of the two presidential petitions challenging the validity of the October 26th repeat presidential election.

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The Supreme Court will further give crucial guidelines to parties litigating the matters as it races against time to determine the petitions within fourteen days as required by the constitution.

This move is in line with the court guidelines that require a pre-trial conference be convened within eight days of the filing of petitions.

During the conference the judges will provide guidelines which include timelines within which each party will use to make submissions and or rebut any evidence that is presented during the hearing.

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The pre-trial notice comes even as parties seeking to be admitted as friends of the court spent better part of the day filing their applications ahead of the 5pm deadline as directed by Chief Justice David Maraga.

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Thirdway Alliance Presidential candidate Dr. Ekuru Aukot is among parties seeking to be enjoined in the petition challenging President Uhuru’s re-election.

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Aukot argues that the petition by activist Njonjo Mue and former Kilome MP Harun Mwau affects him directly and as such the court should admit him as an interested party.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, IEBC and Chebukati who are listed as respondents in the petition have since filed their response calling on the Supreme Court to dismiss the two petitions on grounds that claims raised by the petitioners are unsubstantiated.

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The petition by Harun Mwau wants the court to nullify the repeat presidential election on grounds that IEBC violate the law by failing to conduct fresh nominations as required by law.

The petition by activist Njonjo Mue and Khalifa further claims that the repeat presidential election was shambolic that the outcome is a mockery of a democratic exercise and should therefore be nullified.

The Supreme Court now remains with only seven days to make determination of the two petitions challenging the outcome of the repeat presidential election.

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